Confessions of a jewelry designer

I started my first Etsy shop back in 2012. I’ve been making jewelry as long as I can remember myself. And when I made a couple of statement necklaces out of pyssla beads and satin ribbon, I decided to open the shop. 
One thing brought the other, and I started working more and more with jewelry, searching for new techniques, supplies, and all these designs kept popping in my mind. And from there they were going straight to paper! 

All these years I have learned and thought a few things and I would like to share some with the world…. 

  • Well, jewelry designers are artists. We design pieces and create them from scratch. We’re not just makers of an object. We start from an idea, we put our energy and time, and feelings in every single piece. 
  • So, we don’t copy other people’s designs and it’s so frustrating when someone tells us “I would like you to make me this necklace I saw in the shop the other day”. The best answer for times like that is “No, I can’t, but you can take a look at my designs in my Etsy shop if you’d like”. 
  • We’re not available 24/7. Yes, many of us probably have our home as studio/headquarters of our small business, but we still have a life outside it and need breaks. 
  • We do what we love, but it’s still work. We work (very) long hours, we get tired and we do all these because we do need money for food/bills/etc.

Are you a designer, artist or a small business owner? Is there any thought you would like to add?                                                                                                                   

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Colors & textures

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The other day I was shopping for some jewelry supplies online and I joked to my mother “Look, mom, I’m watching porn”. And I turned the screen for her to see all the colorful beads.

Sparkle, color, bling, joy.

if you are a jewelry designer/maker or crafter, you definitely feel all this joy I’m feeling too, every time I see beads and ribbons, and all these beautiful supplies ❤

The velvet embroidery coat

These days I’m working on a new collection for Daily Art. The main inspiration for the new designs was a coat I saw a couple of weeks ago.

I was looking around in a Christmas bazaar and my eye was caught by an amazing, vintage, kimono-like coat. It was made of turquoise velvet and it had gold thread embroidery all over. It was a little bit too expensive for my budget, but it stuck with me as an image, and I thought that I’m already doing embroidery, so I could just add embroidery details to pieces I already own.

Plus, when I opened my sketchbook to start designing fresh things for the brand, it came really naturally to me to create a more vintage and bohemian inspired collection.

New collection coming really soon 🙂

A story about a craft kit

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On October 14th of 1995 my brother was born (he actually had his birthday last friday).

I was 7 years old back then, and I still vividly remember those days, going to visit my mom in the hospital, looking at my brother, going for walks with my father and my grandpa. On one of these walks we went into a toy shop and my grandpa bought me this jewelry kit, which I still have in my mind every now and then. It makes me think that some things are meant to be.

And the funny thing is that I found it yesterday by chance, while searching some old stuff.

Felt good (and kind of weird, too) holding it in my hands 21 years after the day it was bought for me….

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