As part of an ongoing series called "Design Spotlight," Love Yanz will feature jewelery designers, artists, studios, stores, and communities that have caught our attention. For our first post in the series, we asked one of the the co-founders and lead designers of Oil of Anointing Creative Studios some questions to get to know them and their work a little better. Keep reading for their story!
Love Yanz: Can you tell us a little about you and your studio?
Oil of Anointing: Oil of Anointing Creative Studio started out as way for me to release the creative juices that were lying dormant for several years. One of the first pieces I made was a pair of hoop earrings made from a recycled magazine. Once I mastered the rolling process and the many styles that I could make with the paper beads, I ventured out and started making full sets. Later I added leather, glass beads, and other types of mediums that would add a special touch to the beads.
LY: Very Interesting! Can you tell us a bit more about what kinds of jewelery you sell and your creative process?
OA: As previously mentioned one type of jewelry that is sold are paper beads. Oil of Anointing also specializes in leather and suede bracelets, feathers, wire wrapping, recycling old jewelry, and some hand painted art works. The process depends on what type of piece is going to be created. For instance, paper beads use several strips of paper cut and measured to a make a precise measurement to create a specific shape. The strips are then rolled and dipped in a solution to make them hard and glossy. They are dried and separated until ready for use.
LY: So how did you get started with selling your pieces?
OA: Initially jewelry making started as a way to release some creative juices and a way to relax after a long day at the office. Once others started seeing the beauty and the various jewelry styles made from the paper beads, they wanted to know if they could get a piece of jewelry made for themselves. The extra money from making the jewelry prompted me to look for other venues to sell the many creations which were now beginning to pile up in my dining room.
LY: What advice do you have for someone who is interested in getting started with making and selling jewelry?
OA: The advice I would give someone wanting to start a jewelry business would be to "do what you like and do it well". I would also tell them to keep learning and never put limits on their creativity. Keep ideas fresh and appropriate for the audience they are going to reach. As far as selling, don't give up when you do not make a sell. Sales will come. It allows me to express myself freely without hindrances. Art allows me to go deep.
Thanks again to Oil of Anointing Creative Studios for the interview! You can check them out at Facebook.com/oilofanointingcs. What types of art inspires you? Is there anything you'd like to do or create if you weren't afraid? Tell us in the comments!
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