Monday, June 28, 2010

July Denver Made Interview: Perla Lu

July's Denver Made event brings the mother/daughter team Perla Lu to the store for an evening of celebration of their collaborative accessory line. Perla Lu is the perfect team to lead us into this summer season with their brightly colored, playful and feminine work. Erin, the daughter behind this mother/daughter team was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us in preparation for their Denver Made event this coming Friday July 2nd. 

(Pink Buds Headband by Perla Lu)

FT: How did you come up with the name for your line?

PL: We wanted the name to be cute and feminine like our line, but we also wanted it to be different. Perla is an Italian name for pearl and Lu was just a perfect ending to achieve the feminine feeling we were going for. 

(Clearly Precious Necklace by Perla Lu)

FT: How did you get your start?

PL: My mom actually started making jewelry when she took a class on the process. I have always been interested in anything creative (I have a background in drawing and painting, along with graphic design), so she started teaching me the techniques. It was perfect because we got to do something together that we both liked. It was also really cool to see how we could take our individual styles and bring them together. We are really good at bouncing things off each other and feeding each others creativity. Pretty soon what started as simple beading and jewelry making, turned into the multitude of things we make today. The possibilities are endless and we are always trying new and different things. 

(My Lollipop Button Bracelet by Perla Lu)

FT: Where do you find your best inspiration for your work?

PL: Inspiration is so personal and so organic. It can come from anywhere. Sometimes you'll be walking and a piece of trash on the ground will spark a thought. Sometimes you'll be shopping and notice something really eye catching that inspires you. I think the idea of inspiration is to always be looking and to always be thinking. There are great ideas everywhere if you are paying attention.

(Poppy of Love Zipper Brooch by Perla Lu)

FT: What music do you listen to when you work on your product?

PL: We rarely have music on. I think the time we spend crafting is more of a time for us to talk and hang out. Plus, I am sure we would disagree on what to listen to anyway! HA!

(First Rose Necklace by Perla Lu)

FT: What would you like people to know about your work/process that isn’t evident when looking at it?

PL: I am not sure there is anything that isn't obvious when looking at our stuff. But, I do think it's important to know that everything we make, we love. We make it with heart and with care. We explore all mediums and really just love doing what we do and being able to share it. 

Make sure to stop by Friday July 2nd from 7-10pm and partake in great beverages and excellent company while enjoying the work of Perla Lu. Who knows you may even go home with a new treasure of your own. 


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