📍 Oregon, USA.
We chatted with Hannah to see just what inspires her to create her hand woven pieces.
"I'm passionate about sharing the feeling you get when you walk through the woods or summit a mountain..."
How did you become the creator that you are today? What spurred you to start?
I’ve always been drawn to creative outlets and I got hooked on making jewelry when my parents taught me to bead in high school and my mom gave me her treasure trove of old beads. When I first started Naturalist Studios in 2017 I experimented with wire wrapping and focused more on metal and gemstones, but I paused my shop when I wasn’t feeling creatively challenged or inspired. It wasn’t until the spring of 2020 during the pandemic that I had more time at home and I was drawn once again to creating jewelry - but this time I rediscovered my love for bead weaving. I retaught myself everything that I had learned as a teenager and knew I had found my medium when I realized the potential of making pieces that reminded me of my favorite adventures and places outdoors.
What kind of resource do you work with? (leather, clay, textile, etc.)
What fuels you to create the pieces you share with the world? Tell us about your work.
Throughout my life, spending time in nature has grounded and inspired me. I’m passionate about sharing the feeling you get when you walk through the woods or summit a mountain and I design my earrings to remind you of those moments - or inspire you to get out and make some of those memories for yourself.
What are some goals or places you look to grow?
One of the best things about designing and creating jewelry is that there is no upper limit. I want to continue growing within my craft and finding new ways to bring nature and adventure to your everyday through my designs.
Share achievements with us, what were some “Aha” moments?
One of my biggest “Aha” moments was when a customer told me that a pair of my earrings looked like a miniature painting. I’ve never been talented at drawing or painting and always felt that meant I wasn’t a “real” artist. That moment was one of the first cracks that took down my imposter syndrome and, while it took a bit longer than it should have, I now proudly call myself an artist.
What are some lessons you learned that could help other makers?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that it’s not as scary as it seems to set your prices fairly - and it feels amazing to sell a piece for what you know it is worth. So much of running your own small business is labor and my relationship to my work shifted when I started paying myself fairly for my time. The second biggest lesson (and it’s a close second) that I’ve learned is that the maker and artist community both on social media and locally is such a supportive and wonderful place. Everyone is experiencing the same things, so don’t be shy to talk about it. You’ll probably get great advice and make some new friends that lift you and your craft up.
What's a fun fact that brings you and your pieces together?
I am on a mission to create a pair of earrings inspired by each National Park in the United States - and my partner and I are also on a mission to visit every National Park in the United States! So far, we’ve visited 23 Parks together and I’ve designed 3 Park inspired earrings.
Okay, so you are done working for the day/week, what do you do?
Rapid Fire Questions
Dream trip- where are you going? Patagonia
Describe yourself in three words- Thoughtful, Adventurous, Enthusiastic
Fave Roadtrip Song? All Across This Land by Blitzen Trapper
Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird
How do you take your coffee? Black
If you had a yacht, what would you name it? Serenity
Favorite midnight snack? Goldfish