Meet the Maker: Lisa Yen of Moss + Twig

When I first began The Safari Collective, I knew that I would one day want to expand our product selection from simply found goods. I just didn't think that day would come so soon, let alone within a month of our launch! But I am super thrilled to say that it has.

I have a soft spot for the makers of today. I'm a believer in the handmade and the passionately created. I'm a believer in shopping local. I'm a believer in the little guys. The American made. The people who are chasing their dreams. The people who are making this world beautiful, innovative and culturally rich. The ones who are creating the history of tomorrow. I'm a believer in these people, the makers, movers and shakers of the world. I believe they all have a story to tell, and I want the story of The Safari Collective to emphasize this. While The Safari Collective is my dream, I want it to also be a platform where the hard work of others can shine. So, in an effort to bring this movement to the forefront, we are taking the next step and adding made goods to our inventory.

Our mission as a storied goods shop has not changed. It is still our goal to bring you pieces that tell a story, whether the story be decades old or just born. But now, we are a shop offering you found and made items, and I believe we are better for it. The relationships that I have already forged with some of the talented artisans of today is a beautiful bond, and I'm truly honored to be able to share their stories with you.

The concept of the handmade is something truly special. There's something to be said for holding a product in your hands that someone dreamt up, planned out and brought to life with their own two hands. It's a feeling that no mass produced item can replace.

With this new addition to our shop comes a new blog series as well. Behind each product is an artist and a story that I believe is important to recognize. So, we will feature each new artisan we add to the shop in a post here on the blog, allowing you to take a peek at the process and story behind their creations. This will be our Maker Series. First up, is the wonderful Lisa Yen of Moss + Twig.

  • Your name. Lisa Yen
  • Location. Brooklyn, NY
  • Occupation. Creator of terrariums and things. Pet designer at Martha Stewart.

Please describe yourself, your business and the story of how Moss + Twig came about.

When I moved to the city, I really missed the outdoor space I grew up with in New Jersey. Slowly, I started acquiring plants. Lots of terrariums, woodworking, and tiny horticultural science projects ensued, and Moss + Twig was born. I love using natural materials, like cork, wood and stone to show off the vibrant plants in my little space-saving worlds.

What are you working on right now?

I'm working on packing a ton of Christmas orders! I've accumulated so many fun ideas but I haven't had time to explore! Come spring, there will be some new home decor products.

Please describe your workspace.

I share my space with my boyfriend's business (Bedford Slims) and his work gets very chaotic. It's hard to keep the space organized because we always have several projects going on at once. But it's always interesting to see the organized chaos.

Please share a little bit about your creative process.

I don't have a set process. It's different each time. But when I get an idea, I start sketching all the possible ways it can be done. I try to see how far I can take it, but then I also step back to see if I can simplify it, too. It usually comes out as a neat little product. My magnetic planters came from when I was looking at my fruit-shaped fridge magnets!

How do you begin your mornings?

Slowly, and with coffee.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are just like the terrariums I make - no two are the same. I seek inspiration from new experiences and it is because of this that I am able to design, to build and to create so freely.

What inspires you on the daily?

Nature, environments, human behavior... just about all of it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Geez, I have no idea! But I'm sure it will be fun.

Be sure to check out the new Moss + Twig products in our shop!

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