We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystle Naibaho and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystle, what makes you happy? Why?
The outdoors and music makes me happy. The two are my main sources of inspiration and motivation for creating all my art.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I graduated last year with a BA, so I’m currently freelancing as a graphic designer and also mostly running my small business (jewelry). What sets my jewelry apart is that I see each piece as a document on Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. I carefully design and arrange flowers in each space. After, I combine the finished pieces to create different shape combos. I’m currently most excited about my pop-up shop that’s coming up and my spring drop that’s coming late May.
Being a designer and jewelry maker isn’t easy at all. There are times where I don’t feel inspired or motivated like everyone else, but I overcome that by taking a few days off by watching movies, resting, and exploring different cities or the outdoors. I get inspired by my surroundings, so I’ll take photos or notes when I see something and then I’ll get started on my designs and jewelry be in my zone for days. With each design and jewelry drop, my goal is to always outdo myself whether it’s through execution, design, color schemes, etc.
A lesson I’ve learned along the way is that not everyone is going to like my work, and that’s okay. I’d always remind myself that there are people who do like my work and maybe I just didn’t reach the right audience that time around, so I no longer get discouraged by it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week long trip? If there were no pandemic– I’d probably start with the city–Los Angeles. We’d start with brunch at my favorite brunch spot, Kickback Jacks in Claremont. Then head over towards LA. We’d stop by a boba spot then go to one of my favorite museums– MOCA. After, we’d get lunch at Howlin’ Ray’s, then grab dessert at Bottega Louie (specifically for their souffle). Then hit another museum, either the Petersen Automotive Museum, or head back towards the Inland Empire and go to the Norton Simon Museum. After, we’d grab dinner at a sushi spot. and because it’s a week long, the next day we’d go to Anza Borrego Desert State Park to explore the outdoors, then go to Julian, CA for lunch, pies, and drinks.
Can you tell I love food? 😛
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My boyfriend Jarot is both my motivation and inspiration. Jarot has helped me get over creative blocks by taking me outdoors, helped me learn and perfect my craft, and always gives constructive criticism.
My former professors, Terrill Thomas and Tim Musso–they have rooted for me since day one. Because of that, it pushes me to always outdo myself. They have inspired me through their art, diy’s, and hard work.