Behind the Labels – Bohemian Diesel Marketplace
Maybe you remember Catori Life, I have shared a few amazing lookbooks with you already!
I follow Catori Life’s journey since it’s beginning and I absolutely adore everything beautiful Takoda, the founder and dreamer behind Catori Life, designs and creates. So when I got her “yes” to the marketplace I was over the moon!!!!
Catori Life is a jewelry line for the free and wild spirit, created to inspire and adorn your journey, but let Takoda herself tell you a bit more about Catori Life and her work:
So who are you and where do you call home?
I am Takoda Rhoads. I am originally from San Diego, CA but my husband and son and I were traveling about 5 years ago and fell in love with Santa Fe, NM. We currently live in the beautiful mountains outside of Santa fe.
Tell us about Catori Life.
Catori Life was created to inspire and empower women. I create intentional jewelry and decor for the free spirited woman… to nurture her, empower her and most of all honor her beauty and strength. My inspiration flows from my love of mysticism and the natural world and I use sacred symbols, healing intention and natural gemstones and materials to give each piece its own special meaning and healing properties. My pieces are made to inspire you to move through the world from an empowered place of your own personal authenticity and truth. The word Catori comes from the Native American Hopi tribe and means “spirit”. My hope & intention is that our products, collections and stories inspire you, move you and nurture you. I believe in living a harmonious Spirit led, intuitive, inspired & passionate lifestyle… and to awaken the realization and remembrance of the magic in life. Every woman is a sacred, powerful and beautiful being and we are beginning to remember who we are. I hope that my pieces in some way help inspire this renaissance.
When I created this company, it was really important to me to somehow make a positive impact in others ways as well. I ended up partnering with an AMAZING organization called the Eden Projects. Their goal is to eliminate poverty by providing jobs to local villagers planting seeds and overseeing their reforestation projects. I was thrilled to find them, and for every item we donate to plant 30 trees.
How did you get into jewelry design? do you have a family background?
I do not have a family background in jewelry design. My dad is a painter, my mom is a poet, and I’ve always just considered myself a life artist. Meaning Ive always strived to life my life as artistically, passionately, and intentionally as possibly. I started making jewelry after my son was born. At the time I was a massage therapist and energy worker. I was also 21 with a baby and not much money… so, not being able to afford jewelry, I started making my own. I started with feather earrings, and got so many complements, I started simply gifting them away to people. Eventually, a few years later I started an Etsy shop called Spirit Tribe. Spirit Tribe grew extremely quickly, and I had the resources to expand my supplies and evolve my designs. I consider Spirit Tribe my stepping stone to Catori Life. I outgrew the feather trend eventually and wanted to create something a bit more sophisticated, while still maintaining the underlining essence of my work. It has always been to empower and adorn women. To encourage and inspire the wildness within my customers.
What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?
A pair of feather earrings. They were actually quiet pretty 🙂
What is your favorite piece you’ve ever created?
That is really hard to say. Usually when I finish a piece I LOVE it and its my favorite. Until I make the next piece haha.
What kind of woman wears your jewelry?
Women who are free spirited, strong and empowered tend to love my jewelry. Yogi’s, artists, travelers, mothers… women from all walks of life, really, but they all tend to have that same underlying wildness and badassness…. And I love that.
What’s your favorite part of jewelry making/designing?
I love everything about it, but I think sitting with my sketch book and a cup of tea is my favorite. I get in a really quiet space and just start sketching designs. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a clear vision of a brand new piece and I have to get up and sketch it before I loose it. I also love having a sketch, and then the finished piece both in my hand at the same time. Its a really concrete way of observing manifestation at work.
In what do you believe?
I believe in alot of things. I believe that anything is possible. I believe in magic, not necessarily that witchy magic some of us like to play with sometimes, I mean the deep magic, the magic that pulses through our veins, throughout the entire universe. Great Spirit magic. Serendipity.. that deep love I feel when I look at the ocean and at the stars. I believe in love.
What are your future plans? do you have a dream project?
My dream and intentions are to travel the world while continuing to build and grow my business. To inspire people as much as I can to live from a place of authenticity. To teach my son about the beauty in life. To work to heal the planet as much as I can. To learn to salsa dance, paint and mabye sing in public one day. Haha, I dont have alot of very specific plans but I know what my heart wants to do.
Thank you soooo much Takoda for telling us a bit more about Catori Life and for being part of Bohemian Diesel Marketplace!
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