A brief story of what you do and why you do it.
I design and make jewelry for my line, See Song Designs. I like to use materials that come in bold and bright colors and shapes. I use a lot of braiding and weaving techniques to make my fun and (sometimes) fluorescent baubles. I just recently made a new e-commerce site for See Song Designs, and I do everything from the coding to the jewelry making for my business.
How did you get into jewelry design?
I've been pretty crafty my whole life, and my mom actually makes kids' hair bows for a living. Thus, I've grown up around crafting materials and a spectrum of colored ribbon. I have always loved using my hands and making jewelry since it can be fun, simple, and wearable. My love for jewelry making just followed me throughout my life and has always been a great stress reliever for me.
What makes your collection unique?
My collection is full of bright colors and bold chain and rhinestones. I cater to the woman that wants statement jewelry that is not too over the top but still different enough to make it unique.
What are your inspirations?
I'm really inspired by colors and geometric shapes. I like creating symmetry with my pieces through playing around with patterns and lines.
How are you making a difference in your life?
I decided to forego my accounting career to follow my passion of designing and selling jewelry. I was really unhappy working full time in public accounting, and all I could ever think about was starting my own company and sharing my jewelry with others. I'm happy to say that I took that leap and survived. I couldn't be happier with my choice.
What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?
When I talk to people, they are most surprised that I never went to fashion or design school, and that I have a very non-creative educational background in tax accounting. At times, I have found myself wishing I had a design background, but I realize that my background has been a great help in running my new found business.
What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business?
My biggest struggle is selling my line to stores and boutiques. I am constantly emailing buyers and store owners with very small response rate.
I am a twenty-something living in Chicago. I graduated with a Master's degree in accounting, and after a year in public accounting, I decided to work part time and launch my jewelry business in 2012.