WHO & WHAT
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Responsibly made jewelry & objects for the carelessly cool.
SALT GRASS is a line of jewelry, objects and enameled works by Kristi Frank. Coming from deep New Mexican roots, Kristi works with memory, absence of material and a focus on texture to guide her metalwork. She has a reductive approach and takes great influence from the land
Kristi’s rambling spirit has led her to live in many cities across the United States. She currently resides in quiet neighborhood of the greater Portland, ME area.
To create, responsibly.
SALT GRASS Jewelry is made in the US with select materials. We exclusively use recycled metals for all of our solid sheet and wire supply. Our solid metals come from a few sources, one of which is a family run company based out of Virginia, who guarantees that all of its precious metals are produced from 100% re-used material. They are one of the worlds leading green refineries and are SCS certified ever year.
Post consumer recycled metals are just as clean, pure and "refined" as metals that originate from the earth. The main difference being that we are not contributing to the mining process by using "new" metal. Mining for metals causes a huge amount of waste and displacement of animals and plants. It is for these reasons that we are so happy to see many supply company's now offering recycled metals and eco production facilities.
For more info on our metal supplies please don't hesitate to ask.
Beyond eco-consciousness we love to support other small businesses which is why we have found many independent lapidary companies to provide us with many of our stones. Our crystal collection comes from an Arkansas based company and all other stones and gems are purchased in Tuscon at the Gem Show or in New York City's Diamond District from small family run operations. We take great steps to guarantee the authenticity and uphold the reputation of our sources.
Additionally, all of our packing is made from 100% recycled material and we strive to use low toxic chemicals in the studio wherever possible.
Go green or go home!
Kristi is the daughter of two creatives. One a builder + architect and the other a European antique dealer + interior decorator. Together her parents built many beautiful adobe homes in the Santa Fe area. Kristi's first creative pursuit was through photography at Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence. Her love for long hours in the dark room and her fascination with small details has undoubtedly transferred to her metalwork. After some time away from school Kristi found herself in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University. In 2010 she received her BFA from AAU in sculpture with an emphasis on small metals.
From San Francisco, Kristi moved to New York and found herself among the many talented and young designers of the city. She worked with both large and small companies for over 6 years and gained a deep admiration for those brands and their always ethical practices in the world of small business.
S A L T G R A S S
also known as distichlis spicata is a very tolerant grass that can grow in the mountains, the desert or the cost. It is known by several common names, including seashore saltgrass and desert saltgrass and is widespread in New Mexico.
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