We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhonda Faber Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhonda, why did you pursue a creative career?
Designing, painting, creating, and thinking of new products has been in my DNA as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl I watched my father “create”. He was my inspiration and my role model. Few things he would do: he carved a beautiful ship out of a tree trunk. He made a child’s life size car when I was 5 years old that I could drive around in. He had so many talents from painting, to sculpting, designing, to wood working, basically he could create and build anything. He worked as a model maker and a toy designer at Mattel. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else besides creating and designing. I paint, draw, learned how to make pottery, I am currently writing and illustrating a few children’s books, I designed handbags, I am a jewelry designer, a calligrapher, I also became a tattoo artist. Basically, I think I can design anything….
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My most exciting experience as a jewelry designer was at my first JCK Show when my line was introduced. Apparently word spread quickly, because buyers were lined up waiting to see my designs. Within a couple of years, my line was in 150 stores in the US and around the world. I even designed a high end line of logo jewelry for a famous cruise ship company and traveled the world with my jewelry line. This was so thrilling to me. As an artist and designer, I always want to expand what I do, learn new things and work on new projects. In addition to designing for my own company, I also design for a company called Lafonn. They have a “Rhonda Faber Green Collection for Lafonn” and I also help create designs for their brand as well. About 5 years ago, I decided to expand my artistic endeavors spending a little over a year at a tattoo shop, in Silverlake, nights and weekends, learning to become a tattoo artist. This was a huge challenge. Now, during the pandemic, I started writing and illustrating children’s books and also started selling my designs on line, on the new Rhonda Faber Green jewelry website.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First day we would have breakfast at the Griddle Cafe for the best pancakes ever. Then just drive around and see Hollywood, the Los Angeles view from the Observatory, the old Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and all it’s celebrity footprints, then heading into Beverly Hills eating lunch at Spagos. After lunch we would head out to Malibu – see our beautiful coastline and eat on the beach overlooking the water, probably at a sushi restaurant. Heading back toward West Hollywood, we would hit a late night comedy club. Next day, if they haven’t been to Disneyland this would be my destination. In the following days, I would want to show off the beautiful state of California, heading to Yosemite for hiking. From there San Francisco, driving down our gorgeous coastline, to Monterey and Carmel, Big Sur to Hearst Castle staying at a resort getting massages and eating at local restaurants. Back in Los Angeles, is there time for a play at the Geffen? A concert and picnic at the Hollywood Bowl? Or a day at a museum?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In addition to my father: 1. XIV Karats Ltd. a Beverly Hills retail store, where I gained the experience of buying, designing and selling jewelry. 2. Michael Kazanjian, who encouraged me to design and start Rhonda Faber Green Designs. 3. Russell Fogarty, my terrific business partner for almost two decades.
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