What’s one thing you wish you’d known before starting your own line?
I started Merewif with very little knowledge of the jewelry industry and having taken only one class on jewelry making, which led to a lot of self-teaching. I think it worked out to have learned without influence, though.
If you could create a custom piece for anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Oh man! That’s a tough one. I’d love to make a badass signet ring for Townes Van Zandt or a talisman for Patti Smith. The nostalgia she carries with the few items she’s able to hold onto in her stories of life in New York during the 60s and 70s really resonates with me. (I’m currently listening to her narration of Just Kids on Audible, so good!)
If you weren’t a jewelry designer, what would you be doing?
I would be happy doing anything centered around creativity, especially in tactile form. The thing I love about running Merewif is that I can indulge a range of other creative interests like graphic and web design, even furniture making for tradeshow displays.
Where do you see yourself and your line in 5 years?
The goal is to be able to design jewelry and sustain a modest life.