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Maker Spotlight: Madison of MLKANHNY

Madison of MLKANHNY can do no wrong! From her bohemian-inspired aesthetic to her flawless execution and beautiful details, she creates pieces that make our jaws drop over and over. Her newest spring collection features a combination of classic and unexpected materials and we couldn't help but add a few new special things to the shop. Before you run over, read more about Madison and her process below!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Where do you live now?

My name is Madison Bodenmann (Etheridge) and I am from a sweet little town called Coeur D' Alene, ID. I grew up on 30 acres with horses and cows, as well as mountains and lakes in every direction. It was a magical place to grow up. I'm currently living on Vancouver Island with my husband and I love being so close to the ocean and the wilderness.

2) What lead you to making jewelry and how would you describe your aesthetic?

Jewelry was so intriguing to me as a little girl. I would sneak into my mother's closet to take a peak at all of her rings and necklaces. I loved it! It felt like treasure to me. Over the last few years I decided to pursue design and jewelry just felt like the right place to start. As a self-taught designer I find myself approaching jewelry making in an un-orthidoxed way. Within the foundation of my designs are a desire to make beautiful things that ultimately the wearer connects with and finds their own personal self-expression. I want to create objects of adornment that are timeless and unique to the wearer.

3) Can you tell us a bit about your process, from initial idea to finished piece?

I love creating in a conceptual way where the piece is being designed as I work on it, allowing the materials to speak to me in the moment. Also, I create pieces in a repetitive way that create a consistent texture or formed pattern. Some pieces ask more from the wearer as others are worn with an ease and lightness about them. During the design process it's important to me to wear the piece in order to "feel" the design when worn and know when I hit that point of completion. 

4) What inspired your most recent spring collection and why did you choose the materials you did, like freshwater pearls, etc.?

Textiles have been a base of inspiration throughout my process, especially in this collection. I love the qualities of freshwater pearls and I knew it would bring an elegance and timeless feeling. I used a lot of neutral tones to allow the pearls to shine and be the feature of SS16.

5) Is there something that needs to be happening (or not happening) around you in order for you to be totally “in the zone” while working? Ex: you have to be listening to music, etc.

I enjoy the silence while I'm working just as much as I like blaring fun pop music while I'm in my studio. It depends on where my moods at and how I need to change my environment in order to get in that state of mind. I definitely have my routines like making pour-over coffee in the morning. That seems to work every-time! It's important to me to take little breaks throughout the day to keep my inspiration alive. I never want to rush the process because it's just as important as the product.

6) When you’re not making, what can we find you doing?

When I'm not in my studio I'm usually spending time with my husband, going for hikes in the mountains, walks by the ocean, or planning a road-trip like the one we are going to take down the oregon coast soon. We have a really sweet community of friends on the Island and we love planning weekend trips to smaller islands together or sweet places like Victoria, Tofino, etc…

7) Why do you think shopping small is so important? What sets your handcrafted pieces apart from what someone can buy at a department store?

The biggest importance to me is connection. There are so many distractions and false sense of connection all around us that we often loose sight of the importance of authentic connection. Shopping small is an opportunity to stay connected with your people, with your area, with yourself and the influence you have in the world. My pieces are different because there is one single person creating a piece from start to finish. Everything MLKANHNY goes through me and I invite you into that personal process. The little imperfections of hand-crafted pieces are what makes it so unique and special. Truly not one piece is exactly the same. It's real. It's life.

8) What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of coffee in your city?

My favorite place with the best coffee is Red Tree in Tin-town within Courtenay, BC. It's my favorite spot because the town is almost entirely made out of tin, hence the name Tin-town!

Ok, now you can go see the collection we carefully curated for the shop here!

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MAKER SPOTLIGHT: HANA BREWSTER

Hana Brewster, the maker behind the colorful ceramic line Quiet Clementine, shares bits about the evolution of her brand, how her dad plays a role in her craft, and the meaning behind Quiet Clementine. Bottom line: Hana strives to bring happy into everyday with her pieces, and we think she's doing just that. Browse her Sister Golden offerings here and see for yourself!  

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MAKER SPOTLIGHT: HALI EMMINGER

Hali Emminger is the New York native behind the stunning new Latin American-inspired jewelry line, Hechizo. See the curated collection of her work for Sister Golden here. V met Hali and got her first glimpse of her incredible work at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last winter. You know that magical moment when you spot something that is just so GREAT in every way and you need to have it? Your heart rate picks up, your eyes narrow in focus, and you B-line-it straight to that great thing that you just HAVE to have. That was my mother through the throngs of handmade-hungry, puffy-winter-coat-wearing women (and men) in the fair. Luckily she cleared her head enough to learn a little bit about the jewelry and confirm that gnawing need to have it as part of our shop collection, and ultimately available to all of you. In all seriousness, we were blown away by the quality of the craftsmanship that Hali puts into creating each unique piece. All it takes is a look at the backside of any pendent to see and feel the care that is used in finishing each necklace or pair of earrings. Today we get to share a little more about the gal behind the workbench!

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MATT SAMPSON

Our featured photographer, Matthew Sampson, is one talented guy. He's a Chicagoan transplanted in Southern California, a current PhD candidate (in what else but chemistry), my unofficial staff photographer and site developer, and far cleaner roommate and boyfriend. His spectacular California-inspired beach and mountain photography is most recently recognized by Minted and Domino Magazine, who feature Matt as their Artist of the Month for March. 

We're thrilled to be able to offer a variety of his prints for sale exclusively through Sister Golden here.

Below we share a little about how he got his start, where he seeks inspiration, and what he loves the most about being behind the lens. 

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