We are launching a blog series about designers and makers we carry here at Coutula!Kicking off with one of our long time local jewelry designer, Kami Lerner.We asked her a series of questions below, enjoy!
How did you get started making and designing jewelry?
I was working with a friend of mine in his store and was helping him design these amazing pieces and I just realized that I really enjoyed it! The entire process!
What inspires you?
EVERYTHING!! Even the shape of trees excites me! I’m definitely one of those few lucky people that get inspired with the littlest of things… I love everything from sunsets to just seeing people walking down the street holding hands to the most beautiful flowers to butterflies and the way they flutter.
When you create pieces, how do you come up with the designs?
If I see something I like, but would want to change it a little so it hangs differently or it has a different look if I tweak it here or there... A lot of times too, I dream about different pieces and have to draw it out really quickly in my sleep so I don't forget.
What has been your favorite piece you’ve created so far?
Ohhhhh.... Man! I don't know. Isn't that like picking a favorite child? Lol.
How do you want women to feel when wearing your jewelry?
SEXY!!! Confident. I love when I go out all decked out in my creations and end up coming home with barely anything! Selling it off my body is the BEST way because clearly, it looked good ON!
What do you think are must haves in everyones jewelry collection?
Turquoise!!! I will take turquoise any day over anything else in my life… Turquoise excites my soul!!
Do you have a most treasured item in your personal jewelry collection?
Some of the Turquoise pieces I did, I just can't get myself to sell. I wear them all the time and love them!!
Besides jewelry, what are your interests/past times?
Painting for sure!! I love the beach! Running on the beach is a perfect way to start my day! Reading a good book is always nice.
What is your favorite quote?
A man who has nothing to hide, hides nothing.
Lastly, will you share one random fact about you with us?
I only started wearing gold when I started designing Jewelry! Before that, it was ONLY Silver. Now, I can't get enough!!!