Each week, I’m going to do an interview with an awesome Etsian, illustrator, artist, writer, whatever. Someone who I find interesting and want to pick their brain, but would otherwise not have an excuse to do. I find people’s stories interesting, especially people that inspire me! So we’re going to kick off this week with awesome jewelry designer PiperJ.
PiperJ’s jewelry is understated feminine chic. Delicate and yet daring, it walks the fine line between everyday and special occasion jewelry. You could wear it in any circumstance and not feel self-conscious about it. She uses wonderful materials like gold and sterling silver, and has great taste in semi-precious gemstones. Combined with delicate findings and a great eye for color, her work definitely stands out. Plus, she names all her jewelry after different drinks! She was nice enough to answer my barrage of questions (20, to be exact) and this is what she had to say! So, in no particular order, some questions with PiperJ.
1. What is your favorite color?
My favorite color changes, right now I would say its yellow & brown.
2. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three creative supplies would you bring?
Paper, a paint brush and watercolor paint.
3. What’s a cool thing you think people should be checking out right now?
Agave cactus nectar, I use it as a sweetener instead of sugar or Splenda.
4. What is your signature dish?
I rarely make the same thing twice, so I don’t think I have a signature dish. Lately I have been eating a lot of fish, scallops and mussels.
5. Did anyone inspire you to start creating? Could you share a story?
While my parents and I always made jewelry, Donna Kirsh gave me the opportunity to get into jewelry professionally drilling pieces of glass for pendants in her lofted studio. I was probably 16. Donna was a bit of a free spirit who couldn’t focus so I got to everything from store displays, to packaging to ordering supplies to designing new lines & creating & shipping orders. My well rounded experience working with a professional artist made me hope to one day support myself in a similar manner.
6. What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I got left in Mexico by my high school sweet heart.
7. One pillow or two?
One under my head & one over my eyes. It smells of lavender and knocks me out in a jiffy.
8. What did you have for breakfast today?
Same thing I have most days, yogurt and coffee. Note that it was Horizon organic yogurt.
9. Is Etsy your primary business? What else do you do?
Yes, but on the side I am a consulting engineer in computational mechanics. I am what you would get if a computer scientist, mechanical engineer and applied mathematician had a love child.
10. What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Morning shenanigans with my boyfriend in bed, a big home cooked breakfast followed by some kind of out door activity, then a very nice dinner with family and friends finished off with more shenanigans & some reading / crafting time
11. What color eyes do you have?
Blue with yellow specks.
12. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Take More Math” – Dr James Curry chair of applied math at CU Boulder and personal friend
13. What is your favorite food/color/texture?
kabob kubedeh and everything Persian.
14. What is one interesting thing about you that no one knows?
No one on Etsy? This question is stumping me. No one on Etsy knows I danced ballet for nearly 10 yrs.
15. What are you most passionate about?
16. What is your best garage sale find?
I have a collection of vintage, antique & Murano art glass. Most of it has come from garage sales and junk stores.
17. What is the last thing you bought online?
Crafting supplies and a hot stone massage kit.
18. Where is your dream house located?
Dream houses … plural … right now I am working on house number one which will hopefully be located on a few acres in the Colorado foothills.
19. If you didn’t have to worry about money or anything else, what is your ideal life like?
Volunteering at animal shelters and spending more time with friends and family, maybe working part time some place fun like a jewelry supply store, & lots and lots of travel.
20. What is your biggest pet peeve?
My boyfriends smacking while he eats.
Many thanks to PiperJ for letting me ask her lots of personal questions! More interview to come, so check back soon. If you have someone you’d like me to interview, please let me know! I’m always eager to talk to anyone that people find interesting.