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Brown Banana, distinctive jewelry by Gabriel

download-1What inspired you to go into the craft business? I have always been drawn to design as a kid I made paper in the basement. I studied environmental science in college and ended up with a degree in technical theater. All these influences formed into my ascetic of repurposing materials. From there it just happened organically.

download-3Do you still have a day job? I do still have a day job. I design and produce special events conferences and conventions. As a freelancer I have the ability to set my own schedule and this has been quite beneficial in making time for festivals such as San Francisco Bazaar.

What do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them? I prefer coming up with ideas. I always enjoy producing the prototype, but after a certain time I usually end up discontinuing lines because they loose their excitement. Because of this I have produced a lot of lines.

What’s the best thing about what you do? Being able to channel my creative energies into a productive outlet. Also seeing some one on the street wearing an item is pretty cool.  And the worst? Sourcing materials can be very difficult. Often I have to put orders on hold because I cannot source materials. downloadSome retailers can’t work with this and I have lost accounts due to this.

How do you stay inspired? I am constantly looking at other artists work, and looking for materials that speak to me. I can find materials that speak to me and I know they will be the seeds of something amazing, but it sits in the workshop until inspiration strikes.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I love to trade with other artist. It is my favorite way to grow my collection. There are so many talented artist out there and I’m honored when they are willing to trade with me. It makes my pieces more valuable in some way to me. Always looking for source materials as well. If anyone out there has anything lying around out there I’m always game to repurpose it.

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