Two besties, one business, a million possibilities. Learn more about the creators behind the craft!
Soph, aka Sophia Rivera (they/them/theirs), is a Peruvian non-binary, metal-working badass. They discovered their unique artistic vision through power tools, soldering, and wire wrapping. Sophia hopes to use their acquired skills to start a one-of-a-kind, sustainable designer jewelry line in the future.
In majoring in animal science at Cal Poly (graduating in the spring of 2021), they've connected their love for science and the environment to their artistry. Once the school year is over you can catch them in LA pursuing every dream they can. For now, Sophia manages a local jewelry store in SLO, and spends their free time spreading their love for sustainable fashion and styling.
Sophia owes their creative drive and spunk to their family, Al, Jennifer, and Diego. They'd also like to extend a huge thank you to their biggest supporters, Tanis, Kacey, Dani, Karla, and Mia. And all the love in the world to their beautiful partner in crime, Julz.
Julz, aka Julianna Quihuiz (she/her/hers), is a Chicana self taught artist who loves to experiment with new mediums and ideas. She's got a sweet resin work station in her garage right next to Soph's. Julz is most passionate about community activism, sustainable fashion, and her loved ones.
When she's not working on her latest creation, you can usually find Julz at home (shoutout pandemics) working on her studies or rollerskating around town. She'll be graduating from Cal Poly, SLO in the Spring but won't be saying goodbye to academia anytime soon, as she hopes to earn a PhD in Communication Studies.
Julz owes it all to her mom, Lorena, and her abuela, Julia. She says their artistic and firey souls inspire her everyday. She also wants to thank Daniel, Edith, Cristian, and Athena for always believing in her and her roommates Abi, Dani, and Soph for bringing so much light into her life. And to anyone who has supported Piezas Únicas: Gracias por su amor.