Hi all, please welcome Featured Crafter Jenni from Etsy’s JenniLeighCreations! Jenni creates bold and distinctive beaded jewelry and we love her pieces! Her handmade pieces are made from a variety of beautiful materials, including gemstones, natural materials, found objects and re-purposed vintage. There are so many creative combinations in her shop beyond the photos I could fit in this article, so I really recommend exploring her Etsy shop at the link below (after reading her story, of course!)
Jenni’s Etsy Shop Link: JenniLeighCreations
Hi Jenni, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your shop?
Beading is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. From the beginning the process of transforming beads into jewelry has struck me as magical. And, over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to art. Jewelry design fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. I bead from the inside out. Though I work quite deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my subconscious is the undisputed project manager.
I have a flair for the funky. Bold colors and designs that are distinctive and unique. I tend to not only “think out of the box”, but “work out of the box” .
The most enjoyable part of designing jewelry is the pleasure others get from wearing my creations.
Can you describe your creative process?
I hand make every piece of jewelry with my own 2 hands, as well as, handle every aspect of this business on my own. No part of the process is contracted out to third party manufacturers. I design beaded necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings featuring gemstones, natural materials, found objects, re-purposed vintage and other traditional jewelry components. Unique, bold and distinctive designs, just like you! My designs are eclectic and fun and there’s something for everyone.
Where can we find your work?
I sell on Etsy: www.JenniLeighCreations.etsy.com
I sell to local retailers in Durham NC:
~ Morgan Imports
~ Zola Craft Gallery
I participate in juried local art fairs and festivals.
I also create custom pieces so don’t hesitate to contact me through Etsy!
When did you first become interested in your craft?
Twenty five years ago, I needed a pair of earrings. Befuddled because I couldn’t find what I needed (before Etsy existed!), I decided to try to make my own. That was the key that opened the creative flood gates! Now I’m an obsessed bead hoarder, jewelry designer, and messy desk diva!
Apart from creating beaded jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?
I am a “retired” child and family advocate and used to work for a State grant funded program. Now, I work from home, concentrating on raising my young son. Owning my own jewelry business has allowed me to be actively involved with his school and extracurricular activities.
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