I am rarely the first one at a party other than my own, if you are just now tuning in I hope you stay along with me during this journey. One week post election I have been inspired to look at myself as a member in this country. I think this is such a crucial time to share and start conversations with one another, but most importantly share self expression.
I stumbled into jewelry shortly after graduating art school in 2009. Remember 2009? The midst of the financial crisis, it was such a tough time finding this job I dreamt about since I was 17. I woke up in a reality that in order to get back to that cozy dream I'd have to start taking on Freelance, which didn't seem so bad, I get to work for my self! Except "working for your self" for me meant also having a part-time job. I felt my creativity depleting and my eye's were sore from staring at Adobe world. My gift in life, my kindness is number 1 but second place are my hands. One day I was in a hardware store and bright pink and yellow neon rope popped out at me. I bought it thinking it be something cool to work with, not completely realizing it be jewelry. A friend of my introduced me to a place called Metalliferous the home to a bunch of brass objects some for jewelry others that I am still discovering may serve a purpose I will never know. I started mixing things together until I came up with these necklaces and bracelets from found pieces I was attracted to, mostly triangles and circles. I deepened my craft by learning how to naturally dye fibers to create my own color pallets, it was fun, it was a perfect outlet so I didn't lose my mind. The minute I realized "wow, I love creating beautiful miniature pieces with my hands" I became addicted. I began taking formal jewelry classes and learning the Ancient technique of silversmithing at The Jewelry Arts Inc. and Liloveve. People started commenting on pieces I wore and I remember how happy it made me feel that strangers were attracted to my work. I stopped calling my self a Graphic Designer when introducing my self because quite frankly I didn't like it anymore, it just took time for me to really admit that to my self. It felt strange telling people "I'm a jewelry designer" though I quite in fact was.
I proudly tell the world what I do now. I am always fascinated by the world of jewelry and I am always challenged and ready for it! I spend most of my time navigating the ins and outs of the jewelry district in Manhattan and I know people who see me for the first time are thinking to them selves "is she really in the industry?" I am not the typical person you would see, I am a African American young female. I embrace it because though I have found my passion I hope to pave the way and inspire others to not only go for their passion but realize when times may seem tough it is all part of a larger picture you may not be able to see yet. Do what feels right, don't stay in something that feel stagnant. Surround yourself with supportive, loving people. Spend time with the things you love doing it will lead to more smiles which leads to more happiness.