BC: What was it about design that drew you to it?
SS: I’ve always loved creating! Even as a little girl, I would always be drawing and making things, including jewelry!
BC: Where do you find your inspiration?
SS: The environments around me, as well as history. I love looking at books about antique decorative arts, jewelry, fashion, and ancient architecture and patterns.
BC: Can you tell us a little about what your design process is like?
SS: Often I start with sketches; from there, I decide the best method to go about creating the first model of each piece.
BC: What do your designs mean to you?
SS: They are all memories of different places I have been, periods in my life, and objects or designs that have impacted me.
BC: That sounds wonderfully personal. Do you have a favorite item or design?
SS: Always what I am currently working on! I love the design process; I’m always making something new.
BC: Have you ever created something and ended up not liking it?
SS: Yes! It’s hard sometimes when I have an idea for something and it doesn’t come out as wearable as I had imagined it to be. It’s definitely a process of trial and error. I’ve learned a lot over the past five years about fabrication and the design process, so I take everything that happens as a learning experience!
BC: Final question: If you could have any celebrity, living or dead wear your stuff, who would it be?
SS: Gwyneth Paltrow! Love her!
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.