I love my life. It just keeps getting better and better. Part of what makes it so wonderful, is that I get to meet and interact with such beautiful, creative, and amazing people. Here’s my latest discovery . . . a free-spirit named Linda Whigham. I get goose-bumps when I look at her images and creations. She designs and produces everything by hand in her small jungle studio on the north shore of Maui. I hope you have a minute to read the interview; I think you’ll find her entirely inspiring, and I hope you might be lucky enough to own one of her magical pieces.
Name: Linda Whigham
Online Boutique: www.prismandsol.com
Star Sign: Taurus
Linda, where do you call home?
I have been so blessed to live on the north shore of Maui, for the past 9 years. My fiancé/behind the scenes biz partner and I are about to embark on our next great adventure. This spring we are selling our belongings, packing up and hitting the road with our pup…in search of mountain towns, rivers, micro breweries, live music, and changing seasons. We don't know where we will land, but we are excited for the journey.
Tell us about Prism+Sol -- How did it all begin?
I have always loved making jewelry and silversmithing, although I never pursued it as a career. It has been a long time, dream of mine to have my own line, and to invest my time and energy into a creative outlet that would pay the bills. With the encouragement and support from my incredible man, I dove into Prism+Sol head first . I recently read a quote, "If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs." (- Tony Gaskins). I decided it was time to build my dream.
What inspired your current collection?
Our current collection is all about the elements. It's about being still and feeling your feet root into the earth, the breeze whisper in your ear, and taking in the warmth of the sun on your skin. Here on Maui, we are surrounded by inspiration; the bluest ocean, rainbows everyday, brilliant colored flowers and dense, lush jungle. I spend a lot of time on the beach and have developed a large collection of shells and beach treasures, so naturally I love to incorporate them into our designs. Also, as a child, I always admired my mom's gorgeous collection of turquoise and silver jewelry, so you will notice a bit of that influence, too.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Lately, I am inspired by travel and change of perspective….seeing new places, making new connections, and being on the open road. I am excited to see what influence the desert, the mountains, and adventures on the road will bring to our upcoming collections. I'm already dreaming of a desert shoot for our fall line!
My mom. She worked with a variety of mediums, but my favorites were her collages. Imagine symmetrical esoteric scenes cut out of colored construction paper and mounted onto wood. So rad.
What is your idea of happiness?
Waking each morning excited about the day, running on the beach with my cutie pup, drinking kombucha, eating from the garden, creating beautiful things & sharing them with loved ones, watching sunsets with friends, and coming home to the love of my life every night.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Find what makes you happy and do it.