was born and raised near Albuquerque, just at the foothills of the Sandias. Her mother is a quilter/craftswoman and her father is an adobe house builder. Her parents are the reason for the name of her company, Aguja y Clavo, which stands for Needle and Nail in Spanish. Every summer, she and her parents would travel abroad and visit museums, medieval churches, ancient ruins, and craft markets which became a major influence on Caitlin’s work. The jewelry is a personal and wearable recording of their adventures while also celebrating the history and cultures from around the world. Before doing jewelry, Caitlin studied architecture and then moved to Spain. When she returned, she did construction with her father. Each chapter became a skill: the architecture brought design, living in Spain taught her communication, and the construction was easy to translate from large house-scale to small jewelry-scale. Adornment has always attracted Caitlin (her mother used to call her the Queen of Shine) so it was natural for her to begin making jewelry. Now you can find her buried in history books, drawing in her notebook, or bringing her designs to life through statement jewelry.