When it came time to decide what I wanted to study in college I choose fashion. After college went on to work in a variety of fashion jobs, including sales, management, assistant buyer, and personal shopper. I worked with clothes, shoes, cosmetics, men's wear, even electronics.
Then one day I decided I wanted to really get into fashion and I moved to New York. Well, when I got to New York I only worked in fashion briefly and ended up working in the diamond district with jewelry for several years.
When I moved back to the Midwest, I was at a loss for what to do. So I got a job in sales and started making jewelry for fun.
I enjoyed making jewelry, after the first class I ever took making earrings, I went out and bought all the tools, beads, and findings, and I could not stop making jewelry.
Ever since that first class I taught myself many techniques from beading to wire wrapping and silversmithing. I took classes along the way to perfect my skills. I haven't stopped making jewelry since I started, about 12 years ago.
I love working with metal, taking a flat sheet and a spool of wire and creating something beautiful that people want to wear. I need to create, and creating jewelry satisfies that need.
What's your creative story? Why do you create, what you create?