Monday, March 17, 2008

Meet Etsy Jewelry Artist: AJDesignJewelry

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I found a beautiful necklace on Etsy that's perfect for today...

Amy has been making her beautiful pieces for 15 years and selling them professionally for 7, although Etsy is currently just a hobby. "I would love to do this full time, but I live in the Bay area, and have a mortgage to pay for," she jokes. Her greatest inspiration comes from her Grandmother. "I was so impressed with her ability to make something, and to make so many people happy in the process," she explains. "She was truly gifted, I am sorry that I really started my business after she passed. It would have been nice to get her input on things." She started making jewelry for the same reasons I did - she just couldn't find the right piece for her personality. "Two different flowers in colors that don't normally go together could be sitting next to each other in bins, and the next day, I'll have a pair of earrings in those colors. Or I'll spill a tub of beads and make a necklace with all the beads. Happy accidents," she says. Besides her own designs, she also likes adding her own personal style to current trends. She'd like to remind her fellow Etsians that "just because 56 people looked at your item and it hasn't sold, don't get down on yourself, just take it that someone appreciates your work enough to click on it and look at it closer." Please check out her shop: http://ajdesignjewelry.etsy.com/

-Wendy Baylis
Dharma Designs

5 comments:

artistrhonda said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Amy & I have a similar story that our jewelry making was inspired by our Grandmothers :) Her pieces are amazing. There is a delicate beauty in every piece.

Happy St Pat's day :)

Helen said...

Very beautiful and nice read.

Crave said...

Thanks for this post! I'm new to the design blog world and am actually in the works of creating an Etsy shop with my designs as well....I really appreicated reading about other Etsy artists!

High Desert Diva said...

Congrats on your feature in Dancing Mooney's blog!