Learning the Craft. Meet Marisa Krol of Interstellar Love Craft

(photos by Amy Moore of Amy Moore Photography)

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I’m Marisa Krol of Interstellar Love Craft Adornment, I create hand-crafted metal adornment.

What are you passionate about? What makes you tick?
I love travel and have experiences that expand and stretch my awareness. Taking in life and feeling in touch with the natural world and its flow/rhythm is how I feed my spirit and fuel my creativity. I thrive on the acknowledgment and interconnectedness of all things and feeling like there is meaning beyond the physical.

How did you get started? What were some of the difficulties you faced?
I got started down this path through connecting with another area artist/jewelry metalsmith Sharon Jeter, who agreed to take me on as her studio assistant in 2010. In starting out, the challenges I am faced with on a daily basis are centered around the idea of balance. Balancing time spent filling orders, custom work, internet/social media updates and freely creating. Lets not forget the basics of being a person, maintaining a home/health/friendships & family. In all of this, I want to feel like what I do matters and is bringing someone joy. I know this response deviates from the question of “getting started”, but truthfully, I feel I’m still getting started everyday.

What is your biggest regret pertaining to your business?
I’m not sure if I have any regrets. Everything that could be perceived as a regret can also be viewed under a different lens, as opportunity to learn and grow.

What is your best advice to someone just starting out? What do you wish someone had said to you?
My best advice for someone starting out is go all in and be fearless. That same energy will flow into all areas of your life in ways you couldn’t even imagine. It’s exciting and liberating, and the best part is? The universe WANTS you to succeed and will support you along the way. If you really believe in it, whatever it is, go after it!

(handlettering by Virgina McDonald of Paper Bird Illustrations)

What is your favorite part of what you do?
My favorite part is connecting with people. Its the reason we are here, to uplift one another, to learn and share moments together.  I find this path as a jewelry artist has allowed me the opportunity to do this in many different ways, at different levels of intimacy. I am endlessly grateful for the beautiful human beings who have come into my life through this pathway. I create and am inspired to create by them and for them.

Name some of your favorite local creatives/small business owners that you admire.
Oh gosh, its so hard to say there is one favorite! There are many favorites for many different reasons. I would say presently, its a toss up between this cast of brilliantly talented, abundantly kind, generous ladies: Dre Durfee, Sarah Rutherford, Andrea Geer, Lisa Barker, Maiesha, Amy Grigg, Lea Rizzo and Kari Petsche. They and many others inspire and challenge me to rise up and be more than I am. It’s a real gift to occupy the same landscape and time scape as these amazing women.