Meet our June Houseplant Tastemaker – Squidlicks jewelry designer and orchid mom Yanna Garecka!
NAME: Yanna Garecka
LOCATION: Northern Virginia
OCCUPATION: Kitchen Manager by night. Graphic Design Student by day. Jewelry Designer in-between.
FAVORITE PLANT: Orchids!
Can you share a little bit about yourself – and your jewelry?
Thanks to apples not falling far from trees – my whole life I have been fascinated both by art and nature, specifically geology and botany. I grew up with my plant-hoarding, oil-painting mother constantly reciting names of plant to me as we would pass them by. My fascination with jewelry design began as a therapeutic hobby when I was a struggling in my teenage years, which quickly lead me to selling bright and bold collage necklaces on the beta era of Etsy in 2006. These pieces usually featuring plastic toys such as squids and bugs. Over the years I have experimented with many mediums. Three years ago I feel in love with eco-resin and haven’t stopped since.
What’s a secret skill you have? I can make balloon animals.
What’s the best present you’ve given or received? My boyfriend made me candles – shaped and carved like the stones from the 5th Element (we are sci-fi nerds, one of our favorite movies). Everyone who recognizes them in our home gets very excited.
If your space was on fire, what’s the first thing you’d grab to save? I would grab my cats of course! Boo and Grey – jewelry is replaceable, they aren’t!
What’s on your to-do list today? Catching up on social media posts today (hosting a giveaway on my Instagram right now!). Tend to my cats, plants, and then go into my night job, which is running a kitchen in music venue.
What is your favorite plant and why? Orchids! All my life I have struggled to keep them alive and I have finally cracked the code.
Do you have a green thumb? Any plant care tips you can share? Over all you could say I have a green thumb, honestly it’s all a matter of timing your watering, and not overwatering.
What tops your houseplant wish list? The thing to top my houseplant wish list would be for Grey Kitty to stop chewing and eating all my plants so I don’t have to put them in strange cat inaccessible places. That would be great.
What or who inspires you? The overall impression of mosses and lichens in resin remind me a lot of natural resin – amber. My family is Polish, and one thing Polish people like as much as potatoes and pickles is beautiful glowing amber. More then anything though, I love the color green. I love forests carpeted with moss and rocks living with lichens. I want to capture those elements into a piece of wearable jewelry, just like how people like to keep terrariums in their homes.
P.S. Follow Yanna & Squidlicks on Instagram here!