Small Biz Sat Nov 29th: Meet Lauren!
Small Biz Sat Trunk Show Featuring: Loop Jewelry 11-4pm
+live music! +delicious food! +hot cider! +additional 10% off all etsy sellers!
Here at Radish we love Loop Jewelry and we love Lauren Greenwalt, the designer and master maker. We asked Lauren a little bit more about herself and her process so you could get to know her too :What were you doing before you became a designer?I love furniture, architecture, craftsmanship and design. So, the other day, I bought a beautiful 70 year old Cedar Lane altavista trunk at an estate sale, and I sanded the varnish off, and buffed it with wax from the national treasure, it's ga ga gorgeous.
I was an executive assistant for a local company called Bishops Barbershop. I was with the company from 19-31. I learned a lot from them about business, marketing and the essentials of customer service, which I think is the key to a good brand, to have a good person who honestly cares behind it. To have a connection with your customers is beyond dollars, it's wholeheartedly satisfying.
What would you be doing if you weren't?
I would love to rehabilitate old furniture and houses too for the matter.
Tell us about your latest collection.
My heart really resonates with old architecture, and I love great design. It just sings to me, so I try to bring that through in my work. I like my pieces to be a conceptual, something that makes you think. It's not flowery, but strong or bold. I like to design jewelry that makes women feel empowered and strong, to amplify what they already are.
Walk us through a typical day. From your coffee order to what your bedtime is? Do you have particularly creative hour/time of day?
Ha! Well - now that I am my own boss lady, I like to let my dog be my alarm (I really don't like alarms, who does?). So, Buford (my dog) usually wakes me up between 8-9am. I make coffee or tea, take him for a walk or a run (we like Mt. Tabor) and then I usually start work at 10am and continue till 6 or sometimes 8 or later.
Then I have to unwind, so I like to watch a movie, and then I go to bed around 12am.
It's funny, I thought then when I became self employed, I would have all of this time, but I am super busy! I can't complain though, I love my job!
My creative times are definitely morning and night, mid day I am kind on autopilot.
What effect does music have on your creative process? Do you have something playing all day?
I love music.I love love love music, and would listen to it every time I was in the studio, but I started to get restless after hour 5 and I needed more stimulation, so I just recently got into audiobooks, and it is awesome.
I just get in the zone and I can work for a very long time if I have an awesome book that I am listening to.When I was little, I loved to draw, and one of my favorite things was to draw when my Teachers read books to us in class, I would just get in the zone, so that type of meditation is still very much intact.