Orlando born, the woman behind the raw material inspired jewelry line LunaSavita embraces her surroundings as the muse for her creations. Living two years in a mobile tiny house in the mountains before settling down in the deserts of California, LunaSavita has found a new home for creativity. She notes, “The new environment has inspired me to learn new crafts such as macrame which I had zero previous experience with.”
We talked about everything from Etsy to her favorite prehistoric pieces in this back and forth between two desert gals, one new to the world of heat and one who left it for a concrete jungle.
Kendra: Were you crafting and creating jewelry and other items before you joined Etsy back in 2014?
LunaSavita: I’ve been making things since a very young age, and things exploded from there. I’ve made so many random crafts throughout the years it’s hard to keep track. When I was young I used to make little purses out of old jean pockets, hemp bracelets out of buttons, bead animals, and colorful sand art in bottles, and the list goes on.
Kendra: Of course, there are craft fairs and farmer’s markets, but how do you feel since Etsy has changed the handmade market?
LunaSavita: Etsy makes things available to the buyer instantly. Anything you can think of can be searched on Etsy and it creates a direct connection between crafter and buyer.
Kendra: “Inspired by raw materials of life” is your tagline, your mantra of sorts. Do you remember the first raw material that sparked your interest in creating?
LunaSavita: The very first arts and crafts started with handmade friendship bracelets when I was in 1st grade. I would use colorful bright thread and make bracelets for anyone that would wear them.
Kendra: Do you make every piece of jewelry personally by hand?
LunaSavita: Yes, whether it’s wire wrapping a crystal or stringing together beads, everything has a personal homemade touch. Some pieces I mix and match and take apart pieces I think would look better with charms or beads I have.
Kendra: Are there hopes to be in stores one day with your designs?
LunaSavita: That is the dream! I just want people to enjoy what I make because I have so much fun creating and designing and love for people to take those creations home with them.
Kendra: You make a lot of macrame. It is a throwback to the ’70s look, but if you had to pick a decade with the best design style in terms of accessories which would it be and why?
LunaSavita: I love the roaring 20s, with its classic yet groundbreaking style. The 20s has this nostalgic feel of style revolution, it would have been amazing to be a part of it.
Kendra: What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve done?
LunaSavita: The dinosaurs-centric ones I hope. I call it my boho bracelet line, and it’s by far my favorite! They are inspired by my honeymoon in Maui over the summer. They’re classic and simple, can be worn on their own or stackable. They just capture the free-spirit feeling of the island perfectly.
Kendra: When you’re working on a new design or packing up an order, what music do you like to have on? What are five songs on your LunaSavita playlist?
First Aid Kit- “The Lion’s Roar”
Wild Child- “Darling Divine”
Courtney Barnett- “Avant Gardener”
Wolfie’s Just Fine- “Everything is Happening Right Now”
“Johnny Cash- “If I Were a Carpenter”