Welcome to Spotlight! This is my first interview in a brand new blog series where I feature fellow Creatives whom I know, and whose work I admire.
Meet Raven Locadia of Heron and Lamb, Chicago, Illinois, whose work has been featured in Glamour UK. Raven and I met at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last Fall and we became instant friends. Raven has since traveled to New York and San Francisco with her work which is organic in a fresh new way, unique and inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that songs have been written about her. That's a whole 'nuther blog, folks.
1) Tell me about Heron and Lamb: when and how did you get your start?
Heron and Lamb was an idea that I had for a long time. I've been making jewelry since I was a kid, and when I was in college, I would go to the farmers' market in town on the weekends and sell my jewelry there for extra money. It started out as a hobby, but upon graduating college and waiting tables, I still created every single day, hoping that it would actually be a stable income one day. A large company discovered my work and picked up my line within my first few months out of college. Heron and Lamb became my full time job from then on. It's been almost four years!
2) What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature and very simple designs. It's funny how my tastes and style have changed since I started Heron and Lamb; it's a business that grows as I grow. When I first started, I was deeply inspired by dried flowers and mosses so I incorporated them into my work. Now, I am really inspired by finding those elements in nature and instead of preserving them in glass like I had been doing, I direct cast them into metal. Nature looks amazing when cast directly into bronze, sliver and gold. I also like contrasting large statement pieces with something that is very simple and elegant - that way, there's something for everyone.
3) Tell me about your typical work day
My studio is in my home, so after waking up and making a pot of coffee, I answer emails and fool around with Heron and Lamb's social media accounts. I add images of what I am working on to my Instagram account and then I tackle the day's workload. I cut myself off around 5:00p, because it's nice to have a sense of normalcy which can be difficult when working out of the home. I typically work 8:00a - 5:00p
4) What can customers expect when they shop with you?
I like to think of my work as something that customers will have a difficult time finding elsewhere. People receive pieces that are100% unique and made with the utmost care and gratitude. No two pieces are completely identical because I use findings from nature; there is much individuality.
5) Tell us about where we can find your awesome jewelry?
My work can be found on Etsy, Country Outfitters, Scoutmob, Fab.com, Wolfbait, Milk Handmade, Paperish Mess and B-Girls in Chicago, Hometown Established in Milwaukee and Restoring Piece in Alabama.
6) Just for fun, if you could have any celebrity, dead or alive, as the Heron and Lamb spokeperson, who would it be?
It would be someone earthy and demure, like Vashti Bunyan or Sacheen Littlefeather.
Raven + Dora