City & State: Savage, Minnesota
Q: Do you have a method or source you look to use for
inspiring your designs?
A: Stone has always spoke to me, as I little kids if there
was a rock pile I was digging in it. In
fact my neighbors use to kick me out of their rock beds. My inspiration usually comes from a
particular stone shape & variegation.
I love going to Gem and Lapidary Shows as I can put my hands on the
stones. I love unusual shapes and
drills, that makes for a unique and great piece once the vision comes
through. The jewelry
set that I made with the Kyanite beads with the side drill, I had to go back
for. I kept thinking about that strand
and couldn’t get it out of my head….that is a good buying signal for me and a
good indicator that a great piece will immerge.
Q: How often do you work on your jewelry designs?
A: In a dream world
……everyday! I love to create, it is
therapy for me and makes me feel complete but alas I also have other
responsibilies like my family and my 2 internet businesses. I always have the itch and somedays when I am
overwhelmed by other responsibilies my studio is screaming my name.
Q: How would you describe your design style or technique?
A: I love earthy
jewelry. My eye gravitates toward
that. I tend to design my best jewelry
being true to what I love. It took me
awhile to find my niche in jewelry design.
I found out that if I love it other people will….thus sales. I do some glam but I call it earthy
glam. My advice to new and upcoming jewelry artists is stay true to what you
love, you will find success if you do.
Q: Do you work in any other mediums beside jewelry design?
A: I love this question! Yes! I
love to reuse and recycle cast - offs. I do have a wacky side….. I started
buying used crocheted purses and shagging them with yarn, fabric and sari silk
ribbon. They are quite funky and a big
hit on my Etsy site. I also like to buy
old wool blankets and sweaters and make sock monkey coffee cozies, pillows,
flower pins and cuffs. One of my newest interests is buying antique jewelry and
incorporating that into my earthy glam jewelry designs.
Q: What is your favorite stone to work with and why?
A: This is a difficult question! Can I pick more than one! I love Red Creek Jasper, I think the
variegation is amazing in this stone it pairs nicely with other stones and with
Czech Glass which is another favorite medium of mine. I also LOVE Kyanite it lends nicely to my
earthy designs and I love the Zen feeling it gives to my jewelry.
Q: What is your favorite shape/ size to work with and why?
A: Anything unusual and unique. You need to set yourself apart from other
designers in this competitive market. A
great unique stone will always lend to an interesting piece and or design and
those get noticed.
Q: If you could pick one person living or not to wear your
jewelry who would it be and why?
A: I have a special spot in my heart for women who have
suffered from Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
My choice of person did not have a happy ending and I wish with all my
heart that she could of found recovery for herself, my choice would have been
Janice Joplin. I loved her earthy bluesy
voice and had she found recovery for herself her voice would be heard today
with a message of hope for those women
who suffer from addiction. Although saddened by her death she is a reminder to
those in recovery the path that addiction can ultimately lead to. A talent that ended to soon.
Being creative everyday completes my spirit. My earthy jewelry and fun accessories are a reflection of my love of texture, color and nature. It speaks to me as an artist and asks to be created. I simply heed its call.
Kristin Oppold links: YaYJewelry on Etsy, Facebook & Blog