Shop: Gossamer & Violet
Location: Los Angeles, California
Meet Adriana, owner + designer, of Gossamer & Violet. Her jewelry shop contains beautiful agate slice rings, raw crystal and gemstone necklaces and hand gold -leafed agate slice coasters. She also runs two other shops: a vintage shop - la biblioteca and a bath and body shop - ripe shop.
Where is your Studio Located?
I work out of my little 73-year-old house in Los Angeles, California. All of the pieces that I make for Gossamer & Violet are basically made on our dining room table, but I also work out of a spare bedroom for my office needs and when I'm just working on listings or photo editing on my comfy couch in the living room. I photograph finished pieces in the kitchen nearest some northeast windows and sometimes in my backyard where I get strange looks from our dogs for about 1 minute before they resign themselves in the knowledge that I won't be playing catch with them just yet.
How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?
The very first shop I opened on Etsy is where I first started selling fun jewelry pieces and feather fascinators (ripe). Then I opened a second shop for vintage goods (la biblioteca) and closed my original jewelry shop. That closed shop became what is now my bath and body shop and then I started missing the jewelry pieces so I opened up Gossamer & Violet. I had already sold agate rings before in my first shop, so I began with those and then started dabbling in raw quartz and gemstone pendant necklaces and most recently in gold leaf agate coasters. The focus is definitely on agate or natural stone or gemstone pieces and all of the items are jewelry pieces that I enjoy wearing myself. I am inspired by the colors and forms of nature - a beautiful blue will remind me of the sky on those rare smog-free days in California and the rings on an agate stone of an old tree in my neighborhood, and the pinks and purples definitely ring true with a gorgeous, bright hued sunset (which can sometimes be even more beautiful because of that pesky smog). I love the uniqueness of each stone, the colors and ultimately the energy that they convey in their raw form.
What three tools are most important in your craft?
Pliers, a great glue and most recently my tiny little brush I use to gold leaf.
What's a typical day like in the studio?
I usually work at night because by day I work as a teen librarian (you can see what I'm reading on my Goodreads profile: http://goodreads.com/msbibliotecaria) and have the television tuned to Nick at Nite and Pandora playing either Flock of Seagulls radio or Midnight City by M83 radio. I have water by my side always and sometimes a cup of jasmine or green tea nearby. It starts off hot and then I usually add ice and milk at the end and drink it iced because I get distracted for too long. Sometimes I'll start an array of rings, necklaces, or coasters, and then finish them or fine tune them the next day or several days later depending on my schedule with work and my other shops. But I won't list an item until it is finished, photographed and ready to ship out. The stones themselves I hand pick and I have chosen to use only either gold-filled, sterling silver, or genuine gold, sterling silver plated or solid sterling silver components that I source from several fellow Etsy sellers.
What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?
For me the greatest reward of creating something with my two hands is knowing exactly what goes into it. I sell on Etsy, but I am also a buyer and I much prefer to buy handmade versus walking into any department or big bulk store, so I do everything I can to offer the same thing to my customers. I think it is also about being able to communicate with a maker one on one with any purchase and that makes the whole handmade experience much more tangible, personal and ultimately sublime.