Go2Girl offers a variety of nature inspired jewelry creations. I interviewed self-taught jewelry designer, Kila Robinett Rohner, the shopkeeper and creative voice behind this earthy jewelry shop. Read on!
1. Tell me how and when everything started.
From a young age, I’ve always enjoyed the process of creating my own jewelry. About three years ago, while at home with young children to care for, a close friend suggested I start offering my designs for sale on Etsy. I’ve always been busy working and being home with my children allowed me the opportunity to attempt it.
2. When did you first know that you wanted to be your own boss?
I’ve always wanted to work independently. As a child I had the mindset of an entrepreneur, always starting little “businesses.” I had never really found something I was enthusiastic about enough to continue until I started selling my jewelry.
4. Tell us about your fabulous store and what products or serviced do you offered?
I offer a variety of handcrafted jewelry designs using fine silver, copper and a variety of natural materials like stone and shell. I also look for pieces from other artisans to incorporate into my work (glass and ceramics). I’m always willing to work on commissioned or custom pieces for specific events or to coordinate with my clients wardrobe. Original, natural and beautiful pieces you can wear to make even the ordinary day feel special.
5. How would you describe your personal style?
My style has a bit of a natural-bohemian flair inspired by the materials I use and reflections of nature; rustic vines, flowers, sea life. I grew up along the Pacific Coast and feel you can see the inspiration in my designs.
6. Who is your favorite designer?
I hate to say I have one favorite. I don’t always follow trends or names. I’m really impressed by Indie designers, but love classics. I like Givenchy. A new designer that’s caught my eye, Emilio de la Morena, has some interesting designs.
7. If you had a choice of all designers in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why?
I know design is not her main focus, but I like the motivation behind her design work and think I’d learn a lot from her, Liya-Kebede.
8. Are there any special projects you would like to work on?
At some point, I’d love to travel, find artisans that I’d like to work with and have a line of pieces designed using only fair trade components.
9. Which magazines do you read? Which magazine is your favorite?
I tend to be more of a blog follower and online reader lately. I’ve always enjoyed InStyle magazine.
10. What do you see on stores that you think is really great?
I love the variety of color as well as neutral pieces available in stores. I dress according to my mood and tend to go with neutrals, black or beige, and add color with accessories. I have a few colorful dresses and jackets available for days when I’m feeling festive.
12. What motivates you?
Positive feedback from my clients, time with friends, my children and each step forward motivates me to keep on pursuing my passion.
13. What’s next for you?
I’d like to see my business grow and myself as a student, parent, individual. Being a self-taught artist, I’d like to learn more about metal working and take some classes with that focus. I’m planning to have a bridal line available by Spring 2012 reflecting my natural earthy style but presented in an elegant fashion for brides who want something unique and with a bit of a boho twist.
Images by Go2Girl