What made you want to start your business?
I wanted to make jewelry for people like me, who don't feel adequately represented or marketed to in an industry with a very feminine-based aesthetic. As a non-binary person, I've struggled with the idea that I can't wear certain jewelry because of how it can make me feel about myself, and how I present. I love adornment and the expression of identity through jewelry, so I wanted to make work that I'd like to see in the world.
Did you have experience or did you learn as you went?
I took metalsmithing classes in college and I've worked production jewelry jobs for a handful of people, which taught me a lot. Most of the processes I do now are built off of that information, and tweaked to suit the needs of my designs.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A lot of days start with getting myself together and heading into the studio with my studiomate, Tayja Danger of Stone Anvil. I like to have several projects going at once so I can move between them if I start to feel blocked or frustrated, so a typical day can include anything from sketching and ideation to making models of different concepts, or straight-up buckling down into production. Lately I've been moving back and forth between producing more etched pieces and working on my models for the next release: collar tips!
Is this your fulltime job?
It is! Previously I've been a college instructor, a production maker for other companies, and a freelance bookbinder. At the moment I'm lucky enough to be in a position to pursue a career I've always wanted, working for myself. It's hard, especially during the pandemic, but I love the kind of work I'm doing.
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