Workspace Tour: Mitsymoto Designs

Lauren Matsumoto of Mitsymoto Designs

Lauren Matsumoto of Mitsymoto Designs

We're excited to bring you our first workspace tour with Lauren Matsumoto of Mitsymoto Designs. Her jewelry is fresh, modern and has tons of personality. It's a little edgy, with some feminine touches and always cool (kinda like Lauren herself... it's funny how that happens). We chatted her up a bit and she sent us some great photos of her studio in San Francisco. Enjoy!

AHAS: What do you make?

Lauren: Handcrafted, metalsmithed jewelry

AHAS: What got you into making and how long have you been doing it?

Lauren: I've been making jewelry since I was seven years old. I started with friendship bracelets, wire wrapping and pearl stranding. In 2007 I started learning how to actually metalsmith. I feel in love and have been doing it ever since.

AHAS: What's your favorite tool and/or part of your workspace?

Lauren: I love my torch! Playing with fire and manipulating metal when it's molten hot is the best.

AHAS: What advice would you give to anyone who would like to do what you do?

Lauren: Work hard and never stop learning. Curiosity and wanting to know more techniques is the best way to be at the top of your game. Also, be friendly. I know we're all "competition" but it's nice and helpful to have friends in the industry. Don't be afraid to share what you know and where you find awesome things!

AHAS: Where can people find your work? 

My site:

Rumble Ruse - The LAB in Costa Mesa
Twig & Willow - Long Beach
Love and Whiskey - Irvine
Azil Boutique - San Francisco
Crafted at the Port of LA - Mome Rath Garden by Meagan Segal - San Pedro

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