- Mailing my mom a little box ahead of my flight home. Her parents gave her a gold bell bracelet when she graduated from med school and she never takes it off. I think our Sweet Nothing will layer nicely with it. And when you finally find that perfect pink, it's only right to spread the cheer. And finally, she loves to snooze as much as I do.xo,Sriya
Last month I took the ferry over to Staten Island to visit our jeweler Jasmine and her daughter Daisy at their home. Jasmine is such a sweet and gentle soul with so many talents outside of jewelry design. She creates embellished ornaments and illustrations, and even started up a free community library in miniature form!Title: JewelerTime at Catbird: 4 YearsHometown: Brunswick, MEAstrological Sign: CapricornCurrent song/album on repeat:While You Were Sleeping by Elvis Perkins/The Beach Boys Pet Sounds. We found this amazing clip of songs from the album being broken down, recorded, and played in full. The editing is so great!Most vivd childhood memory:Taking the old velvet upholstered trains through the Japanese countryside to visit my grandparents, and seeing the landscape change from rice fields to lily filled mountainsides.Hidden Talent:I love making tiny paper cranes, and sometimes leave them in random places.Currently reading:Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small IslandFavorite film:Any Studio Ghibli film, they are just so beautiful and remind me of my childhood.Most visited neighborhood hangout:We moved to Staten Island last October, and I am quite a homebody so I’d say my backyard! There’s also a lovely farmer's market near the ferry that we like to go to on Saturdays.Coolest dream:I had a vivid dream of walking in a park around a small lake and the flower petals were falling all over. The most beautiful and vibrant colors of pink and fuchsia. I’d never had a dream that was so colorful before, and haven't since either!Staff Picks:Bittersweets NY Pinky Club Ring I need to get one that says Daisy!Chain To My Heart Earrings someday...All Seeing Googly Eye and Genie Lamp Necklace, not to toot my own horn. (From Jasmine's very own line Tiny Saru)Most valued object: My grandfather’s boat that we sunk into the backyard and filled with flowers. I look out on it from the house every morning and it gives me a peaceful start to the day. Like meditating...
In this week's edition of Meet a Kitten, we step into the Bed-stuy loft of Jasmine. When Jasmine isn't at the Catbird storefront, she's working out of her home studio to make the most beautiful and intricately hand-dyed silks.
Jasmine tells me that she shares the space with two roommates, one of whom has built a fish and turtle pond which trickles like a fountain underneath a converted tree house (that's right, an actual tree house). We pass through her work area filled with colorful fabric and textile tools, stopping to get a closer look at her work. Then Jasmine, who is wearing a shirt that she hand dyed herself, leads me towards her room which is a treasure trove of sparkling tchotchkes as well as vintage and handmade silks that hang from the wall and ceilings. There are white and gold porcelain unicorns, soft glistening miniature conch seashells, a string of white lights and beauty products by Kypris, Belmacs, and Ilia.
What are you reading?: Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
I could be biased, but I believe that of all the things that make our line unique, the ultimate factor is that it is made right here in our Brooklyn studio by an awesome set of local New York women. Did you ever wonder what went into making the elegant heart ring in your ring stack? New York City born and raised musician Jeanette knows because she just so happens to be one of the eighteen jewelers working out of our Williamsburg studio.
Jeanette and I spent Wednesday afternoon on a sunny bench outside of our favorite taco joint, La Superior. She brought along one of her most treasured items, an acoustic Takamine with photos of her mother pasted on the back, where they're close to her heart as she plays.
Catherine is our graphic design extraordinaire, the Catbirdette behind everything from the direction of our latest look book (Off Duty Ballerina!) to that killer neon sign in the Catbird Wedding Annex. Kind of an obvious statement for me to say she has a great design sensibility, which is why I've been looking forward to peeking at her gift list!
I'm giving Rodin Lip Balm rings to my gal pals. I love finding gifts that strike that perfect balance between casual and fancy. The most refined lip balm in a pretty kitsch container hits the mark.
The Swan Ring is for my mom. As a Catbirdette who joined the team this year, I'm so excited to be a part of our ten year celebration, which almost everyone here worked on! My mom also collects unique pieces of jewelry from all over the world, but she doesn't own a swan from Brooklyn (yet).
For my fiancé, the Equilateral Nails (and an appointment to the Wedding Annex. Haha). The nails are made by my friends at Winsome Brave, and are perfect for the apartment sprucing we're planning for the new year.
Anna is our super awesome web manager -- the gatekeeper to the flurry of holiday orders coming in and shipping out to Kittens worldwide. Her whole system kind of mystifies me because I know hundreds of requests are passing through her everyday, but she never seems to break a sweat?! So what's the lady who gets all of you your holiday presents on time giving her BFF?
Anna's giving her best friend the Les Fleurs Wall Calendar -- complete with 12 Rifle Paper Co. illustrations to mark 2015. The calendar is being paired with the porcelain swan mug, our favorite vessel for morning caffeine jolts.