For the month of July, we are featuring Kristin Satzman, of Moon and Leaf, for our Maker of the Month! Moon and Leaf has been a part of Resurrect's jewelry collection for several years now. We love how each piece is one-of-a-kind and her use of stamps and gemstones really sets her jewelry apart. We interviewed Kristin (pictured above with her Lady of Guadalupe ring and necklace) to find out what goes into a Moon and Leaf piece and how she started out as a designer. Read on for more info about Kristin and her Pop Up, Saturday July 23rd at 625 San Pablo Ave. in Albany.
Tell us the history of how you got started.
I have been designing and selling my jewelry as Moon & Leaf for about 3 years. I started making jewelry after taking a break from my career as a fine art photographer. I became interested in creating wearable objects using my images. I was drawn to making art that was more accessible to people and I was craving a feminine energy that I was not encountering in the fine art community. I began by studying metalsmithing. From there it became a process of teaching myself the techniques I needed to create the pieces I saw in my mind.
Tell us about your brand and what is involved in a Moon & Leaf piece?
I want Moon & Leaf pieces to feel soft, organic, and beautiful. I believe that personal adornment is a creative and sacred act and I want my jewelry to emphasize that. My designs reflect the world around us and the intimate connection we have to it. I choose materials that excite me visually and have a vintage and rustic feel to them. These materials inspire my designs whether it's a certain stone, a piece of vintage silk, or a metal shape I'm obsessed with. I am also constantly inspired by nature. Right now my summer garden is full of bees that travel back and forth from my flowers to their hive in my neighbor's yard. These little beings keep our world pollinated. I am in awe of their industry and am so grateful for them so the other day I decided that it's time to make a bee necklace.
What inspires your creative process?
Beauty inspires my creative process. Looking at fashion and other jewelry designers motivates me to create and being in nature always gives me new ideas. Working and creating gives me a sense of purpose that is so fulfilling I can't stop even when I want to. Ultimately seeing someone's joy in a piece of jewelry I've created is a huge inspiration for me.
What is your favorite piece you have ever made?
My seahorse necklace is a favorite. It features a bronze seahorse framed by a strand of quartz crystals. It is the perfect combination of magic, which seahorses symbolize for me, and earthly beauty. My other favorite piece is my Virgin of Guadalupe ring. It is a powerful piece that represents the Goddess and it has connected me to some incredible women who are drawn to it and have chosen to wear it on their own hands.
What advice would you give someone just starting out as a designer?
I would advise someone who is just starting out as a designer to have fun and design pieces that they want to wear. Look at what other people are making and pay attention to what excites you. And remember that there are so many ways to create jewelry that you can make pieces in the way that suites your particular creative process. I found traditional metalsmithing too physically demanding and sought out techniques and mediums that better suited me and the way I like to work. And that, in turn, makes my jewelry designs unique.
Where do you see Moon & Leaf in 5 years?
I see Moon & Leaf gradually expanding to markets outside the Bay Area. I am always working to become more knowledgeable about processes I'm interested in. I'm currently learning about the casting process with the goal of making my designs more available and more affordable by sharing some of the workload.
What do you do for fun and what are your favorite Bay Area spots to hang out?
I love flea markets. Nothing beats a day at the Alameda flea for me. I love visiting the ocean and walking in oak groves in the East Bay where I live. I also just enjoy spending time with my family and our community. Being a mother has brought me in touch with the community around me in a way I never expected. It has reaffirmed for me that we are all truly connected to each other just as we are connected to the bees, the moon in the sky, and the leaf on a tree.
Thanks so much Kristin!! Come in the shop and check out Moon and Leaf or to see Kristin's full collection, head to her Pop Up Shop on Saturday, July 23 at 625 San Pablo Ave. in Albany. You can view all of her upcoming events at facebook.com/moonandleaf.