True Passion at Work - Moona Creations, Summer Market New & Featured Artisan
Danny Kullman, designer and maker, spirit and soul of Moona Creations, pours her heart and soul into creating uniquely awesome jewelry pieces that become heirlooms!
FF: Why did you begin your handmade journey?
MC: Art is my passion. I attended art school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for two years and the silversmithing class got me hooked on jewelry-making because of the many beautiful items I could create just by using fire and a hammer. Whereas people may daydream about a vacation or a romance, my mind constantly wanders off to jewelry-making, whether it be a new design, different material, or innovative ways of making a piece.
FF: How did you begin your handmade journey?
MC: My path to handmade jewelry took me through four years of fashion design school, after which I realized the fashion industry doesn’t treat all women correctly; I couldn’t be a part of a world in which women were told “you aren’t pretty enough, thin enough, or young enough.” I decided to continue my studies in art school and fell in love with block printing and then silversmithing. I use the patterns from block printing and fabrics to make textures in gold, silver, copper and brass. Friends and family members began asking me to make them custom-designed pieces, and soon I was silversmithing full time.
FF: What led you to your current line of goods?
MC: With the encouragement of my husband Paul, I began making jewelry again after having our two children. We are raising our children to be bilingual in English and Spanish and one evening my two-year old daughter looked at the full moon (“luna” in Spanish) and said, “look at the moona.” That inspired my company name: Moona Creations. I now have four lines of jewelry: Nature, Geometrics, Cut-outs, and Indigenous Designs. I am continually developing new creative lines, and I am open to suggestions for custom-made jewelry.
FF: What materials do you work with & why?
MC: Silver, gold, brass and copper are my base materials, and I add precious stones, pearls, coral and wood to the mix. Silver is a wonderful material to work with and can be crafted to reflect in bright light or hide in dark shadow. Copper and brass are exciting materials because their unexpected colors reveal themselves when heated up. My newest collection combines the look of silver and ceramics. I only use recycled metals and this makes me feel especially good about my creations.
FF: What inspires your work?
MC: I view the world through the lens of a silversmith. A leaf isn’t just green and gives shade, but a wellspring of venation patterns; a baking sheet isn’t just to make cookies, but offers possibilities for diverse designs, a Mayan temple isn’t just stone structures, but half eroded symbols for jewelry. I collect ideas from museums, books and even commonplace products. I get out of bed at 4:00 a.m. to work in my studio for eight hours every day because I love the process of creation and the feeling of accomplishment. Even if my fingers suffer saw cuts and hammer bruises at times, I feel full of positive energy afterwards, and I share my joy with my family and friends.
FF: What excites you for the future?
MC: I take a Buddhist approach to life. I live in the moment. You just never know what even today will hold. My experience is that plans almost always change, even plans that you believe are certain. I guess life wouldn’t be as interesting if it were not that way. I am excited about being able to create different kinds of jewelry that people cherish. I hope to continue doing this, and bring happiness to more people in the future.
FF: Any advice for makers and biz entrepreneurs new to our creative community?
MC: Do collect ideas and build on them! I have a box full of scrap paper with scribbles and sketches of things that I have seen or thought about. This box, which I call my treasure chest, even vaunts candy wrappers and box tear-offs. At some point, be it tomorrow or in a few years, these ideas may be just what you need to craft your next handmade piece. As for developing your business, I believe that it will come naturally as you pursue your passion… and with a bit of luck.
Visit and shop with Danny Kullman of Moona Creations at Firefly Handmade Summer Market, July 15-16, 10am-4pm, Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 29th Street (between Canyon & Walnut) Boulder, CO!