A Crafty Questionnaire x 2: Sarah Hull and Phil Miner

Sara Hull and Phil Miner met working together in a natural foods kitchen. Their mutual interest in the principles of sustainable trade and in an organic creative process lead to the development of Rocks and Salt, their accessories design and manufacturing company.

Based in Brooklyn, the duo designs and handcrafts accessories coupling contemporary urban sensibility with timeless style and functionality. Working as a team allows Sara and Phil to bounce ideas off of each other, eventually shaping their individual brainstorms into an even better result.

You can see for yourself how two heads are sometimes better than one by checking out the Rock and Salt display at the {NewNew} Treasure Chest of Handmade Gifts on Governor's Island through September 6. There's only one week left to get all your holiday gift shopping done in a surprisingly bucolic setting in the middle of the East River. Don't miss you out!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Phil: Living now.
Sara: Theoretically, peace and harmony, but then that would probably be boring, wouldn’t it?

What is your greatest fear?
Phil: Not conquering fear.
Sara: The consequences of man’s ecological destruction of the planet.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Phil: Mark Twain.
Sara: Henry David Thoreau.

Which living person do you most admire?
Phil: My brother.
Sara: Jimmy Carter.

Do you have a theme song, and what is it?
Phil: No, changes too often.
Sara: The theme is in perpetual flux.

What is the trait you most like in yourself?
Sara: Compassion.

What is the trait you most like in others?
Sara: Tolerance.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Phil: Good wine.
Sara: Rubbing my cat’s fluffy belly.

When and where were you happiest?
Phil: New Years Eve 2005, Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro.
Sara: February 2002, in a hammock strung under the roof overhang of an abandoned beach shack in the N. E. of Brazil during a thunderstorm.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Phil: Broken bits like my shoulder and big toe.
Sara: I would be able to accomplish by the end of each day all the things that seem possible in the mornings.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Phil: Mild level of self actualization.
Sara: Learning the basics of permaculture in a foreign language.

If you were to be reincarnated as a person, animal, or thing, what do you think you would be?
Phil: Just another everyday person, hopefully with a little more enlightenment.
Sara: A redwood tree in Muir Woods.

What is your most treasured possession?
Phil: Solid, carved Mahogany arch-top guitar.
Sara: My Mother’s Dutch oven.

Which talent or skill would you most like to have?
Phil: Balance.
Sara: Multilingualism.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Phil: Ronaldo O Fenômeno.
Sara: People who, on any scale, effect positive change in our society.

What is it the one thing you dislike the most?
Phil: Lies.
Sara: Haters.

What is your motto?
Phil: You can do more.
Sara: All mottoes lead to sloth.

Who are your favorite artists?
Phil: Paulo Coelho, Djavan, Ronaldinho
Sara: Mary Ortner, Os Gêmeos, John and Nancy Jack Todd

Is there any invention you wish you had thought of?
Phil: Google.
Sara: The in-home machine that turns your junk mail into toilet paper...oh, I did think of that.

What's the first thing you remember making?
Phil: Mother’s Day cards.
Sara: A pair of pink and white checkered gingham pants when I was five years old.

You can learn more about Rocks and Salt on their blog. And if you happen to be in the neighborhood, look for Rocks and Salt at Bumbershoot in Seattle, which also means you'll probably be indulging in fresh handpicked blackberries breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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