Kristi Silva began her journey of making jewelry when she was in college and needed a creative outlet from academics and studying. She is self-taught and honed her maker skills through jewelry magazines, books, and trial and error. She was ecstatic to begin working at a local bead shop where the owner paid in beads! She continued to learn everything about beads and beading techniques and became so proficient that she began teaching jewelry making classes.

Her brand, SwingRopeSwing, is named because she remembers the rope swing in her grandparents back yard that she would spend hours swaying back and forth. She loves and cherishes that simple experience and gained a lot of inspiration for her work from that light-hearted childhood nostalgia.