The Seaworthy room at Content was one of the most memorable and we knew that we had to do a studio visit with Marisa Howard! Marisa’s studio was anything but disappointing. We chatted with her about the new Seaworthy line, building her brand and other great makers around town. This is the first line for Seaworthy that Howard is using silver, most of the pieces are now offered in brass and in silver. She is also including stone settings in some of the pieces and using Rose Quartz, Lapis, Onyx and Aventurine. We loved the way her studio looked and felt, especially with the subtle vintage touches. We were so impressed when we found out Marisa is self taught and that in the past 3 years the brand has grown to being carried in 80 different stores worldwide. The word seaworthy means “fit or safe to travel” - Marisa’s jewelry is fit for everyday but still makes a statement without begging for attention. Take a peek into Marisa’s beautiful studio and read the great interview with the talented jewelry designer!
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
Oregon is just home. I fought that for many years but I've finally settled into it. Living in Portland, you get to enjoy all the perks of city living while being surrounded by the most beautiful landscape.
2. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
I feel involved and invested in the strength of this city. I think that's a rare thing for an individual to feel about a city. Every where you look, good people are doing things they feel good about – and people are supporting them. That's no small feat.
3. How did your brand start?
I have no idea! (ha!) It started without a plan or direction – but the name was always solid.
4. What has been your biggest obstacle?
Time is very valuable and I'm finally learning how to give a balance of it to all the things that matter to me.
5. Who are your design icon(s)?
Sonia Delaunay, Julius Shulman, Grace Coddington
6. What are your favorite things about Portland?
Cherry blossoms, fall vegetable gardens, crazy spring yards, breakfast, coffee, Spring walks, summer days on the river, coffee (did I already say that), delicious cocktails, ladies with style, men that groom, small manufacturing and happy dogs.
7. What is your favorite part of your studio?
Errr…everything. But specifically, the location and the windows.
8. Tell us two truths and a lie!
My brother and I are twins
I try to learn Beyonce's dance moves
I dream about living in the desert
9. 5 things you can’t live without.
a cozy house