Interview with Sienna Olin Kittelman of Zoe and Piper
Check out our interview with Sienna Olin Kittelman, the jewelry designer behind Zoe and Piper!
Tell me a bit about yourself and your creations:
I have been in the jewelry business for 15 years, showcasing a wide array of artisan jewelry throughout the years. In 2013, I started a new line of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry that showcased my style and philosophy... Zoe and Piper was born! The name is inspired by my daughter, Piper. If only we could see the world through a child's eyes, wouldn't it be a better place? I also donate a portion of my proceeds to animal sanctuaries and animal advocacy groups.
What inspires you to create?
I am draw to designs that have meaning to them. Positive affirmations, quotes and yoga inspired designs. The Om symbol, buddha and lotus flower have always been important symbols to me, and I like to incorporate them into my work.
Describe your creative process:
I look for inspiration everywhere... nature, magazines, fashion. If I see something that catches my eye in a magazine I will tear the page out or photograph it with my phone to reference later. I tend to design in spurts and put all my focus on creating new pieces for awhile. Then my focus turns towards photographing the new jewelry. I have always had a love affair with photography, so I enjoy this process too.
What are some of your own favorite creations?
My 'herbivore' pendant is special to me, because it was the first design I created on my own. There isn't much jewelry out there for vegetarians or vegans, and while I didn't want an "in your face" design, I did want to create something that sent that message out into the world.
How do you want your craft and business to evolve?
I want to keep growing and expanding on my line of jewelry and add new techniques to my designs. I am currently taking a bench working jewelry class and learning the basics of that trade. I'm excited to refine my skill and start offering new designs using these new techniques.
What or who influences you as an artisan?
Mother Nature, buddhist beliefs and my daughter, Piper.
What brings people to seek out your creations, and what makes your work unique?
I speak to the yoga lover and the eco-conscious person who want to feel good about what they are wearing and send a little good karma out to the world while they are at it. My jewelry can do that.
What choices have you made that helped your business the most?
Not listening to other people's suggestions to crank out the popular 'it' item of the moment. I make jewelry that has personal meaning to me and isn't just a fad or trend.
What advice would you give to other artisans?
To create jewelry that you are passionate about - your passion will infuse the piece, and other people will appreciate it all the more.
Where can your creations be found?
On my website, www.ZoeAndPiper.com.