Lisa Disciascio creates fresh, modern jewelry using reclaimed wood from fallen limbs. Each piece from her shop is more than a fashion statement – she uses felled branches from storm-damaged trees and transforms them into rings, pendants, and earrings. Her work has gotten a good deal of press lately, including a feature in the latest Real Simple magazine.
Lisa is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her Starlight Woods shop (giveaway deets are below), and she was also kind enough to answer a few questions about what she does and why she does it.
Crafting a Green World: How did you get started making jewelry?
Lisa DiSciascio: I started making jewelry last year, after the summer of 2011 after a summer of crazy storms, there were SO many downed trees and branches that I was determined to find a use for.
CAGW: Why fallen branches?
LD: I have always loved working with wood- particularly reclaimed wood- I love to take something that seems like a throw away and make it into something wonderful. With so many downed tree branches this seemed like the best choice at the time to recreate into something wonderful!
CAGW: Who is your crafty hero?
LD: My crafty hero, I have a couple, my mother of course, she has always been so innovative and is such an artist although she will never admit that herself. Also, my stepfather, I watched him my whole life take old worn out objects and turn them into wonderful useful items. When I had an idea about something to make- he would always help me figure out how to make it happen. Because of those to people, I see everything in life as an interesting challenge of innovation.
CAGW: Why is using reclaimed and eco-friendly materials important to you?
LD: I feel using eco-friendly materials should be important to everyone, I like to feel that I am doing my part where I can and still being as creative as possible. Re-claiming old pieces is a passion, I have always seen the beauty in old worn out pieces and love to bring them back to life.
Lisa is offering up a $25 store credit to her shop to one lucky Crafting a Green World reader. It’s easy as pie to enter, and you can get your name in the hat a few different ways. Just make sure to leave a separate comment below for each thing you do, so that we can count all of our entries! Here’s how you can enter:
1. Head over to the Starlight Woods Etsy shop and tell us your favorite piece in the comments.
3. Like CAGW on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and let us know with a comment here.
That’s it! We will announce the winner on August 15, so stay tuned!