S: camba jewelry Q&A look book
BC: to follow your heart is to walk the shining path made just for you Kristin Krull | c a m b a j e w e l r y
FC: c a m b a j e w e l r y by kristin krull | Q&A look book
1: Hi, I'm Kristin. Most people call me Krissy. Yes, I took this picture of myself. I'm wearing my favorite lucite bloom necklace in white. In my head you're wearing your new piece of Camba Jewelry while reading this, world peace is falling into place, and sushi is available 24/7 with free delivery. I'm constantly dreaming of what I want more of-- this book illustrates one of my many dreams. | Thank you for supporting my dream of making beautiful jewelry. The purpose of this book to provide you with visual samples of my work and to answer the questions I get asked most. Although this book may seem to be a sneak peek into the life of a designer, it is really an illustration of the joy it can bring to follow one's heart from my point of view. I hope that my work, words, or time spent with you inspires you to follow your dreams. Please enjoy!
2: Question: "did you make all this?" Do I cast every piece of metal? Do I pour my own resin? Do I culture my pearls? Gather my own feathers? Excavate gems from caves? Sew the wool posies? Laser-cut the wood? Spin my own silk? No, but I did a lot of this in college. Since receiving my BFA, my preference is to seek what's already out there and assemble it to my heart's desire.
3: Project: recycled items One day, my boyfriend brought me a gift from a rummage sale. It was a bracelet made from long abalone spikes. I loved it as is, but he really wanted me to make it into something special. I decided to combine it with another recycled item I'd been holding onto for years-- a deep blue abalone disc. I mixed in some green onyx, emerald, crystals, green opal, and tourmalated quartz. It turned out to be quite the spectacular piece!
4: Question: "where do your materials come from?" The selection process is one of my greatest joys. I go to gem shows when they come to town, I scour the web, I hunt for interesting finds in antique stores, I disassemble my 80's jewelry. If I love it, I buy it.
5: Project: Silk Chains When I saw yards and yards of these unique chains in tons of colors, my mind started branching out to a new kind of design based on simplicity, balance, and lightness. | Components used with these silk chains: black onyx hoops, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, heat-treated agate, blackstone, and black steel 'neckties'.
6: Question: "where did the name Camba come from?" "camba" is an acronym for my 5 mantras: courage, ambition, motivation, bravery, acceptance. These were the 5 things I needed more of to get my company started. I am a firm believer that the more you hear something, the more you believe it; if I am to say my company's name over and over, it might as well mean something and serve a positive purpose.
7: Project: wool posies When I first saw these warm little wool flowers, I fell in love. What a great way to bring my love of florals into the fall/winter season. Each individual posie is hand made by an artist in Brainerd, MN.
8: Project: lucite and resin blooms I first made myself a black bloom pendant just for myself. I loved it. I wondered who else might love these, so I acquired a few more colors to see what might happen. These are now among my best selling items, especially in the spring/summer!
9: Question: "where do your ideas come from?" I use to say I have terrible eyesight but excellent vision (this was prior to laser eye surgery, which by the way, is the best money I ever spent). There's an ongoing slide show in my head that mostly consists of color combinations and shifting shapes. Inspiration comes not just visually but through feelings from within. I make everything to suit my own personal style.
10: Project: Cold Filigree Once I began buying DVD's to learn more at home, the projects became more challenging, and interesting!
11: Project: Wire wrapped blingy rings | after much practice and patience, I couldn't make enough of these. I used a mix of gems, pearls, and crystals.
12: "I love Camba Jewelry because it makes me feel beautiful. When I pass a mirror I can't help but stop and look again.. this jewelry is really different from anything else out there. I love to match what I am wearing with Kristin's jewelry because it really adds a final touch to my outfit." Akuac Ring | c a m b a
13: j e w e l r y | "The Camba mantra prepares me for the challenges of each day-- to live out what Camba stands for-- courage, ambition, motivation, bravery, and acceptance." Ashley Bruber
14: Project: feathers When the feather trend came to town, everybody jumped onboard. I resisted it for awhile, thinking it would die hard, but it hasn't! Once I gave in, I had a lot of fun creating some unique pieces.
15: Question: "where did you learn how to make jewelry?" I started off self-taught; I refused to spend money on classes. Then when I finally took a few, I realized how much faster my skill set grew. The real learning experience happened when I apprenticed for 2 top jewelry designers out of San Francisco. The experience was invaluable.
16: Question: "do you take custom orders?" Yes! All of these pictures were custom orders from friends, family, and clients
17: “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson | "jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles." Sonja Henie | Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung. ~ William Morris
18: courage ambition motivation bravery acceptance | courage ambition motivation bravery acceptance | courage ambition motivation bravery acceptance | what's your mantra?
19: I welcome your comments, constructive criticism, and thoughts.