hi there! I'm kristyna- the owner, maker + artist here at set apart studio. my husband mark + i eloped on our anniversary (also, a tuesday) during the pandemic + celebrated in our backyard with a food truck, margarita bar + vermont mountaintop vows. we live in north central massachusetts with our three babies, coffee addictions + love for true crime podcasts (okay fine, that's me... my husband is more of a sportscast guy). my background is in clinical psychology, health science + art + my career in mental health began over 13 years ago, working with children with autism/intellectual disabilities. however, the last 7 years of my clinical career have been as a masters level emergency psych clinician working in local emergency rooms + providing co-response with a local police department, which is where I'm meant to be. when i'm not making small business magic or working, you can find me with my favorite humans, somewhere in the mountains, having a dance party, or making yummy things (+ a mess for proof of the fun) in the kitchen.
the studio was established in 2016 as "set apart signs," initially making home + wedding signage. although i continue to make signs for weddings, the signs that capture me the most are the ones celebrating motherhood, the ones hung up in anticipation for a new tiny human in the nursery + logo signs for small businesses (with some artistic patterns/mosaics + florals thrown in the mix too!).
we have three collections here at SAS: natural wellness, everyday earrings + wooden signs. three collections that may from the surface seem disconnected, but together tell a story of taking care of you: your body, your mind, + your spaces. my favorite part about creating is the ability to take materials + turn them into useful + beautiful products/art-- only putting forth what I would personally use/have for myself, my kiddos or our home.
over the last six years, set apart has served as an outlet for healing, a teaching platform for the creatives + a trustworthy source of handmade goods meant to bring joy + comfort to all of your spaces. over time, i have expanded my knowledge base, obtained machines + software to provide the best products possible + grown my craft to include an a greater scope of goods. i even love small business so much that i began a second business, "the market for makers" (@themarketformakers) where creatives can connect, grow + thrive through a platform + series of community makers markets/events.
i am overjoyed to bring you a unique selection of handmade + handcrafted goods for you, your favorite humans + all of your favorite spaces. our name derives from deuteronomy 14:2 + with that, we hope to remind you that you have been Set Apart + chosen. thank you for choosing us.