wild foot studio
Elissa Hastings is the co-owner, silversmith, and photographer behind Wild Foot Studio, a handmade jewelry line crafted for strong spirits and adventurous souls using raw metals, gemstones, and genuine leather.
What do you like most about your workspace?
It's the simple things that make me love my space so much. I love that the ceilings are 18 feet tall, that all my plants hang out in the front room and soak up the sun rays while we work and most of all that I get to share the space with Caleb.
Name a woman, past or present, who you admire.
I will forever admire my mother. She is hands down the most incredible woman I know. She is an amazing healer, she is a Reflexologist by profession. She is so giving, supportive and has crazy good intuition (which is so cool in my book!) I admire her most for the things she taught my brother and I growing up. Self love, self worth, how to treat others. She taught us all the things that help make you a respectful, loving human. On top of all that, she's an amazing businesswoman and I hope to gain all her wisdom.
Growing up, what was your dream job?
I always wanted to become a wildlife vet. I have always been obsessed with animals and wanted to work for a national wildlife refuge in another country or something like that.. something that was going to be an adventure!
Also, I grew up around entrepreneurs. My mom had her own business, my uncles had their own businesses. I knew I wanted to do something creative since I had many mediums I worked with from painting to photography. Plus, I always knew I wanted to be my own boss. That intensified the longer I worked a 9-5 job.
"keep pushing through with confidence and with a clear vision in your head and you will get to where you want to be."
Have any mistakes shaped the way you run your business today?
Yes, I would say jumping into some areas that I wasn't ready for at the time like consignment/wholesale. I wasn't ready because I didn't set Wild Foot up for it correctly when I started and I didn't do enough research. Therefore, I lost some opportunities. Although, I am happy to say I currently work with two lovely local Cleveland stores. They are run by some amazing women. I am so thankful to have our hand crafted goods in their stores and even more thankful to call them friends.
Another thing is that I am a very "in the moment" type of person, which can lead to delaying projects and work. I counteract this with planning my weeks out in detail and sticking to them. I'll be honest - this is a recent revelation for me! But I am ecstatic about what it has done for my productivity. I highly recommend doing it.
What piece of advice would you give to women starting their own businesses?
Things get hard, they always will, especially at the beginning. You have to keep pushing through with confidence and with a clear vision in your head and you will get to where you want to be. Hard days don't feel so difficult to handle when you know where you are headed. The number one thing to remember is to not compare yourself and your business to others. You and your business are not supposed to be like someone else's, Strive to be different because that's what the world wants to see.
Elissa and her husband/co-owner, Caleb, were born and raised in Cleveland. In their spare time, they are renovating a 1974 Airstream, named The Sandy Sue, which will become their home and design studio when complete.
You can find Wild Foot Studio in the Closet section of The List.