Richelle Shadoan

A BRIEF STORY OF WHAT YOU DO AND WHY YOU DO IT

I would like to do everything, but my main focus is on artisan photo jewelry custom made with your favorite photos. It started one day when, in search of a design for a new piece, I thought to use a great shot my husband had taken on vacation. That led to making bracelets and necklaces with portraits, in addition to memorable snapshots with personal meaning.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO JEWELRY DESIGN?

Quite by accident, actually. My sister and I took a wire-wrap beading class and I became enamored with seed beads. Wire wrapping, not so much. Then I saw an online tutorial for a bracelet made with bamboo tiles and pretty took it to the next level. I basically started making my jewelry so that I could wear jewelry that fit my personal style.

WHAT MAKES YOUR COLLECTION UNIQUE?

Although there are thousands of jewelry designers out there, luckily for me there are very few artists using bamboo tiles and almost nobody makes personalized photo jewelry. But what makes my collection unique is the high quality and superior craftsmanship. I check out my fellow artists frequently and I don't believe anyone can compete with me on that. I have spent years perfecting my technique. Every bracelet is a work of art, not just an accessory. IMG_4317

WHAT ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS?

My favorite inspiration is someone's cherished photo. Not only do I want to create a high quality, one of a kind product that has great meaning for the wearer, but each individual's picture provides me with a color palette for my beading. It is magical when I can perfectly complement the photos with the beading.

HOW ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE?

I am living it joyfully.

WHAT'S SOMETHING UNUSUAL ABOUT YOU THAT MAKES YOU “YOU”?

What makes me “me” is that I am unusual. But technically speaking, I think it is my eye for color and pattern. I am not afraid of either one. Bring it.

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE IN RUNNING YOUR JEWELRY BUSINESS LIKE A BUSINESS? OR WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS IN RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A BUSINESS?

The biggest struggle IS running my jewelry business like a business. Is that a trick question? The business side seems to take so much more time and energy than the creative fun part. It's like having to eat a bunch of yucky health food so that you can enjoy one cookie.

IMG_3135_2I have always loved to make things. I am constantly daydreaming about things I want to create. A series of unfortunate events brought dramatic changes to my life in 2009, causing a paradigm shift. I no longer wanted to just pass time, but to fully live my life, and more than that, to spread the joy of life's possibilities. I finally have the opportunity to be a full time artist.  

2 Comments

  1. TGIF! Week in Review… | Red Scorpio Handmade on August 16, 2014 at 2:24 am

    […] but I got over it. Tuesday i was notified that I had been chosen to be the Featured Designer at Flourish & Thrive Academy‘s blog for this week, so that was pretty special. Etsy will be sorry they didn’t get me […]

  2. Melia on February 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Your potisng lays bare the truth

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