Freshie and Zero
I began making jewelry when I was about ten. Back then, I molded friendly plastic into earrings and sold them up and down my street out of my Caboodle, and wholesaled them to my first store in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. I believe my going price was around $3-$5 which probably didn't cover my expenses, but what did I care - I was making real money!
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Belmont University and focusing on photography and painting for a while, I worked in a craft gallery and remembered my love for making jewelry. I was living in Atlanta, Georgia at the time and I started stringing beads and recycling vintage components under the name "Freshie Designs". I sold to three stores in Atanta until I moved back to Nashville, and put my jewelry on hold while I tried a career in sales for a couple of years. Unfortunately, this intense job was taking a toll on me mentally and creatively, so I quit, got a less stressful job, and started making jewelry again, reigniting my passion for creating.
My goal is to make beautiful jewelry that is also affordable. I start out with a piece of wire which I shape into a circle, square, or some other little form. I then take it to my anvil and hammer it out while purposefully leaving the hammer marks so that it has a nice, organic feel to it. Then I add finishing touches of gemstones, pearls, or chain, resulting in a dainty and delicate style.