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Daily Inspiration: Meet Christina Spivak

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Spivak. 

Hi Christina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
White Owl started as a collaboration between my sister, Courtney, and myself. We were both doing recycled/repurposed jewelry creations, and I was playing around with making jewelry from vintage lace and crochet. 

Eventually, we started an Etsy shop together, and within a few months we were the featured seller, and the lace jewelry started to get a lot of attention in blogs, and then a few magazines. 

These days Courtney’s creativity is concentrated more on music and video, and White Owl is just me, designing and making each piece by hand. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Making jewelry from vintage lace means that I can’t make endless copies. Sometimes I only find enough of a certain lace to make one pair of earrings, so I can’t mass-produce. Each piece needs to be designed individually, like a little piece of art, and it can be time-consuming to source the lace, hand-dye it, design the jewelry, assemble it, photograph it, etc. When White Owl was Etsy’s featured seller, we got so much press all at once, it was really hard to keep up with demand, because of the really intensely handmade nature of the lace jewelry. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My background was in product styling/photography before I started White Owl jewelry. I think it gave me an advantage to be able to do all the creative presentation of the jewelry myself. I’m proud that White Owl has been featured and appreciated by so many people and that each piece is a little piece of carefully made art. 

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Making miniature furniture for my dollhouse. I have always loved to make new things from found, vintage or discarded objects, and some of my favorite memories are of creating tiny furniture from bits of fabric, wire, cardboard…anything I could get my hands on.

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