This week, as part of our Designer Diaries Series, I had the pleasure of interviewing the handmade jewelry designer Karina Balda from NovaMar. Her one-of-a-kind jewelry collection features a mix of natural stones with modern metal designs. Its fun, refreshing, and ooh-so-delightful.
Tell us a little bit about yourself .
I am a wacky, loving down to earth girl! By day I work in a hotel and by night I design. I sprinkle in time to cook, bake and blog. I am always taking pictures of what inspires me or makes me laugh. There is just not enough hours in a day for everything I do, but I make it happen.
How did you first become interested in the visual arts ?
I believe I was born loving it. My dad is a jeweler and my mom is very creative. The creativity just flows from both sides of my family just in different ways. It just rubbed off on me.
I started off making seed bead bracelets last year and buying my supplies at Michael’s. What can I say I was total newbie and I didn’t know where else to look. Once I got the seed bead thing packed down I started experimenting with other materials and techniques, in just a year I have come a long way since my first designs.
You mentioned in your shop that your motto is “no two stars are alike.” What is it about designing one-of-a-kind creations that you love ?
We are all unique in one way or another and I want my jewelry to speak to people of all walks of life. I want my store to be a reflection of me, with that comes different designs and techniques. There might be a variation of the same item but they will always have something different about them.
What is your favorite accessory from you collection ?
There are so many to choose from but if I had to play favorites it would be my bezel bracelets they are simple, elegant and can be mixed and matched.
Love her accessories checkout her lovely collection !
Etsy shop: www.NovaMar.etsy.com
Blog links: www.NovaMarCo.blogspot.com
Thank you Karina Balda for this delightful interview and for sharing with us your beautiful creations !