Designer Spotlight: Renee Troy

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A brief story of what you do and why you do it.

As a professional calligrapher for 35+ years, it led me on many creative paths due to my passion for the arts. I love creating, learning new techniques in different areas of art and then creating my own style from what I've experienced. My life's passion and who I am is a life long student of art.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I took a class about 5 years ago because I was interested in all the new and different elements mixed media artists were using to create jewelry and I got hooked. I've been taking classes and creating jewelry ever since.

What makes your collection unique?

Variety makes my collection unique. I can go simple to complex, inexpensive to expensive and add custom elements to any piece.

What are your inspirations?

My inspirations are varied. Sometimes it's a quote, an element on a piece of jewelry I admire, a technique, or, just a found object that needs to be the focal on a creative piece. So many things have move me to create.

How are you making a difference in your life?

By following my bliss, never giving up and working towards creating a life where I can do what I love best.

What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?

Being a mixed media and jewelry artist/ designer who is a professional calligrapher sets me apart from most. Not only do I see with different eyes, I comes from a verbal direction. My art has words in it 99% of the time.

What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business?

My biggest obstacle is that calligraphy is my full time job as I have to earn a living. There's not enough time to create and do the business end. Although, I just recently have help with the “other than creating” part. It's made a big difference in getting items photographed, listed and I'm in the process of getting a proper website built.

About Renee

I'm originally from N.Y. now residing in L.A. I'm a professional calligrapher and mixed media/jewelry artist and am in a cooperative women's artist gallery in Santa Monica, CA.