"We should always wear pieces that mean something to us and make us feel like the rock stars we are!"
Where are you from?
I am originally from Michigan, but have been living in Tennessee for the past 9 years.
When did you first start making jewelry?
I started making jewelry when I was 5 as an activity with my grandma.
What inspired you to make jewelry?
My grandma was a jewelry maker and taught me how to bead and fasten crimps, etc. I became obsessed with beads, but not so much with finishing projects
What material or techniques do you use to make your pieces?
I use recycled copper for my electroforming jewelry, pure recycled silver and recycled sterling silver for my other pieces. Also like crystals and stones! Beads in my beaded jewelry are usually salvaged, handed down, recycled, or purchased fair trade.
Why do you think your pieces help people show off their individualism?
Because they are all slightly different. Even if I try to make a piece from one of my homemade molds, each piece still has a personality and characteristics of it's own.
What do you want people to feel who wear your pieces?
I want everyone who wears my jewelry to feel like the absolutely wonderful, special, human being that they are. We should always wear pieces that mean something to us and make us feel like the rock stars we are!
What are your future ideas or plans for your designs?
My future plans are to keep growing and perfecting my craft to see what adventures it takes me on.
What is your favorite piece of jewelry to make?
My favorite piece of jewelry to make is probably rings, even though they are also the hardest!
What is your favorite quote about jewelry or being unique and why?
I love quotes so this one is hard. One of the quotes I say to myself a lot in the studio is, "Do what you can with what you have where you are" I say that to myself a lot to inspire myself to NOT spend hundreds of dollars on new supplies all the time. I think it helps increase my creativity, also, because it forces me to literally create something from nothing.
You can see Jessica's collection here.