Enrique launches uniquely designed wearable art online store
A college student who has featured her work on the pages of Vogue has launched an online wearable art store.
Using his skills and talent in art and design, University of Salford graduate student Enrique Tabone produces wearable art pieces and uniquely crafted items for his store in Quebec.
Enrique, who studies digital curation at Salford, said: “This company combines my love of art and design, allowing me to create products for those who wish to collect or wear them.”
QUE offers plexiglass jewelry and homeware and combines fine art techniques with industrial metals to produce unique items available for purchase.
Prior to opening his online store, Enrique carried out commissions for art galleries, weddings and exhibitions, and his QUE products were exhibited in various publications such as British Vogue and Vogue Italia.
“My brand started with jewelry, then I noticed I was getting requests for more unique pieces for the home, so I started making new products like cushions,” she continued.
Most of the time, I am inspired without knowing that I am inspiring myself. I start to test materials and see how it works, how it evolves, how certain techniques work – it gives me new ideas. Or sometimes I look at the industry and see what’s going on.
She also had a physical store for QUE at her home in Malta, but closed it when moving to Manchester. While studying at Salford, it was there that she enlisted the help of Launch @ Salford, the University of Salford’s business incubator.
Launch was set up in 2018 with the idea of helping students and alumni develop their own businesses. As part of a six-month support program, users have access to a plethora of team support, including training, advice, office space, and financial assistance.
“I’m the type of person who’s always ready to take the next step, the next risk,” Enrique said, “and by investing in something this big, Launch helps me plan ahead and predict what might happen. They are very helpful in making me feel more secure in the steps I take. “
Justyna Turner, Incubation Manager at Launch, said: “QUE is focused on creating uniquely crafted artwork that will appeal to everyone, art lover or not. Enrique has worked hard to grow his business and create something memorable. To have his job in this cohort has been fantastic for everyone.
Right now, Launch is helping Enrique find a bigger workspace where she can create her products, and also find malls to physically sell her work.
Although his site specializes in housewares and wearable art, Enrique seeks to explore product creation outside of these categories.
Her products are available for purchase on her site, and she can be found on Instagram and Facebook.