“I’ve always loved jewelry – it’s a small item that can have such a high impact on both your outfit and confidence.”
Hi, I’m Hope Reynolds – the gal behind Thirst & Thrive.
I’m a California native who moved to the Bay Area 7 years ago. I now call SF home and live in the nearby Portola neighborhood.
I grew up in a very DIY family so I learned early on to work with my hands to create things. I’ve always been drawn to the creative process. I love creating items that can bring beauty and joy to people. Each piece becomes so special and unique with the love that’s put into it.
Q&A with the artist
When did you start making your items?
I started making these earrings about a year ago. At the time, I just wanted some fun, custom jewelry for myself that matched my own particular style. Once I figured out how to make them, I started getting requests from friends to sell them, which has led to where we are today.
What’s your favorite thing about your product?
I love how lightweight and colorful they are. I have sensitive ears and one of the reasons I started making them for myself originally was because I wanted to have fun pops of color that wouldn’t be heavy and hurt my ears. Most of the time I forget I even have them on until someone compliments me.
How do you make your items?
The earrings are made out of high quality polymer clay. Each piece I roll out, cut, bake, sand, buff, and drill by hand. It’s a labor of love, but I really enjoy doing it. I’m always experimenting and I love trying out new shapes and colors.
Do your products have a social impact?
For every purchase, I donate 10% to our friends at Because Justice Matters. I believe that loving the women and girls in the Tenderloin can change the city, and I’m excited to donate a portion of the profits to teaching the girls of the future.
Is this your day job?
Making earrings is a hobby for me, I work as a Product Designer during the day doing digital design. I’ve always loved creating physical items such as these earrings. It’s relaxing to get do something creative that doesn’t involve looking at a screen.
What’s your favorite cafe item at mission blue?
The matcha latte with vanilla is amazing!
What’s the meaning behind the name Thirst & Thrive?
Thirst and Thrive is very personal to me. The name came from my desire to always be Thirsting for God and having him as my foundation in life. In turn, knowing that if I’m following God, I’ll also be Thriving in the life he has for me. The logo is actually the mark that my husband and I used at our wedding. I designed the mark to represent God as our foundation. He is our water that is our source of life. We in turn are able to thrive if we’re firmly planted in Him. It’s a view I feel is very applicable to my life and wanted everything that I do to be rooted in that concept.
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