A brief story of what you do and why you do it.
I create unique copper, brass, and leather jewelry. I am very much inspired by sacred geometry and the symmetry of nature. I create because I have to. Creativity, working with my hands, and making beautiful things is one of the few things on this Planet that fills my soul with joy and purpose.
How did you get into jewelry design?
While attending College, along side of studying fashion, I learned the art of working with base metals as well as traditional jewelry smithing techniques. I quickly fell in love with the process and have continued to create jewelry since. I spent 10 years working as a dental professional before switching careers in my late twenties. Little did I know that my dental experience would help tremendously in creating metal jewelry. Come to find out, all of the tools used in the dental lab are nearly identical to jewelers tools. I found that I already had all of the hand skills and knowledge necessary to excel in my new endeavors. It came to me naturally.
What makes your collection unique?
I believe my collections are unique because I use a lot of reclaimed materials, use interesting metal finishes, and my pieces don't look like anything else out there.
What are your inspirations?
I am very much inspired by the Universe, the natural world, sacred geometry, nomadic life, and the symmetry of nature.
How are you making a difference in your life?
Two reasons. One, I am am filling a void in my soul that no other career filed can touch. Two. Many of my materials have been reclaimed, or upcycled. I purchase all of the leather for my designs from the Thrift Store and a decent amount of my metals are reclaimed or reused.
What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?
Something unusual about me is that I am sort of a jack of all trades. I love fashion design, jewelry design, graphic design, photography, and cooking. I love trying new things and working with different materials. I can easily learn a new skill/technique with little instruction.
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?
Currently, my biggest struggle in running my business like a business is not being able to devout my full attention towards growing my brand. I have to grow my business slowly and organically. However, I feel the need for entrepreneurship burning deep inside me. Someday, soon…I will make this my full-time career. In the meantime, I do what I can!
Ruth was born and raised in Chicago, but recently moved to Dallas to pursue a more creative career. She currently works as an apparel designer by day and designs her jewelry collection by night. Her jewelry collection, Isn't that Sew Handmade, is a unique combination of copper, brass, and leather jewelry.