I love to shop Etsy and one night filled of Etsy shop scouring, I stumbled upon Rock Salt Vintage the shop of deisgner Katelin Reeser, and fell deep into jewelry love. The pieces are so delicate, perfect for people like me who have a hard time wearing jewelry during the day. And really modern, though the designs that seem to have roots in folk art the pieces are done in such a modern way.
I am now really looking forward to the many reason’s to treat myself in 2015!
Here is our profile with Katelin Reeser discussing her creative process and behind the scenes insight to Rock Salt Vintage:
What clues did you have about your natural tendencies that led you do be a Jewelry Designer?
I have always loved details and working with my hands. My main focus through my education was always fine art photography. I still have a love for photography, but discovered that creating something by hand resulting in a finished product was much more satisfying.
I was never crazy about jewelry or even wearing it, but I love that jewelry is really just a piece of wearable art.
When did you decide to start your own business?
I began to teach myself jewelry making techniques with the intent to develop a creative outlet aside from photography. The business side of things started when friends asked to purchase my pieces. Shortly after I applied to my first market and have been lucky enough to participate in markets across the US, from San Francisco to Chicago to right here in Cincinnati. The business continues to grow organically and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What do you do behind the scenes?
I am also a freelance product stylist, which gives me the flexibility to work during downtime. It is a perk to learn creative tips from stylists and photographers when it comes to documenting my work.
When I need a break from making jewelry, I love to crochet scarves, blankets, etc. I am also a foodie and love trying new dishes, luckily my boyfriend is a great cook and has taught me a few tips and tricks.
What is your inspiration for your work?
My inspiration comes from simple lines and form. I draw inspiration from architecture and nature, which is represented by the structural yet delicate quality in my work. The shell of a building, the curve of a petal, the steep jagged lines of a mountain range are just a few references. When I travel, I like to take many photos of everything that catches my eye.
What is your goal during your design process?
To create a piece that is unique, yet simple and comfortable enough to wear everyday. Something I love about designing jewelry is the possibility of variation within one piece. There are so many different techniques available to create the same or slightly different design.