LITTLETON—The popular multi-brand gift and coffee shop, POP-M opened its doors a few weeks ago, welcoming visitors with a curated menu and variety of gifts made both local and afar.
Crystal Lynn Design is one local artist featured on POP-M’s shelves. Designer Crystal Knapp began making jewelry as a way to showcase her crystal collection instead of jamming them in her pockets. According to Knapp, a friend suggested wire wrapping them. “I didn’t think I would love it so much,” she explained, “but as soon as I started doing it I loved it. It’s meditative. I have to look at the shape of the piece to come up with new ideas.”
Four years later, Knapp has begun experimenting with color and learning new techniques that include soldering, working with resin, and chain mail using jump rings.
Her display at POP-M features her resin jewelry along with her own style of bracelets that she hasn’t seen in the area. Knapp is expanding her line to include custom stamped bracelets personalized with dates or messages, resin pieces based on paintings and images, and jewelry infused with fresh and pressed flowers.
“I really like the concept and energy of POP-M,” noted Knapp. “I like how Emshika [Alberini, owner of POP-M] is about empowering other artists and businesses. I really respect and admire that and I want to be a part of that picture.”
POP-M is debuting Knapp’s new alcohol inks, which create bright, vibrant colors reflective of the multi-brand shop.
“I have a couple of crystal pendants I plan on adding [to POP-M] as they are my favorite to work with. I’m also doing more with custom wrap pieces and matching sets of jewelry.”
Knapp designs and creates her pieces out of her studio in 42 Maple in Bethlehem. She is enjoying having her work featured at POP-M as “There’s a lot of unique items in here such as Dusty’s Palace with one-of-a-kind clothes; things that you’re not going to find anywhere else on Main Street,” she revealed. “I just try to have fun and come up with unique designs that I think will look one-of-a-kind.”
For more information on Crystal Lynn Design, visit https://crystallynndesign.com/, or check out her display at POP-M, 97 Main Street in Littleton.