Hello to my current and future followers! I am so grateful for the words of encouragement that I have already received regarding my new venture into the world of handmade jewelry and starting my own small business. This is all very new and intimidating to me, so one of my goals is to be bold and reach out for advice and support. I know I cannot do this alone!
My journey into making my own jewelry started years ago with a beading class where I spent the entire three hours making one necklace. Then I did nothing else for maybe six(?!) years. During that time I was busy in my job as a Mother/Baby RN, as well as dealing with many personal struggles that, thankfully, have all turned out quite positive, and have brought me to a new stage in my life and career. I am no longer nursing due to an injury, but I’ve discovered that I feel most fulfilled when I am nurturing my creative passions, which has led me back to making jewelry.
I took another jewelry making class early last year, this time using resin and found objects. I fell in love! All my life, my Mom has made collages using objects she’s found in my Great Grandmother’s basement as well as pieces from her past that were significant to her. She’s incorporated pictures of family and, of course, her children, all showcasing what she is proud of, or what she is dealing with, or what she is just feeling at the time. She has helped me to make my own collages and the ones I treasure the most are the ones that includes photos of my parents and me. So, when I discovered that I could make my own wearable collages I was over the moon. I’ve always saved little things over the years that I felt I’d like to include in some type of collage some day, and many of them were pieces from broken jewelry or even a favorite picture frame that had lots of lovely little antique style fleur-de-lys. These objects and more have been used in all of my pendants.
Giving away pieces I’ve made is one of my greatest joys. I hope that selling my pieces will continue to be a joy for me as I know it will be a challenge. I feel that if I can continue to be true to what makes me feel happy in my work, that will translate to pieces that others will want to enjoy and share with their loved ones as well.
This whole process is, of course, a learning experience, as well as an experiment for me, and I’m sure I will make many mistakes along the way– and then hopefully learn from them! I opened a shop on etsy in November (http://www.etsy.com/shop/katiewoodjewelry) and I have my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KatieWoodJewelry). I still have many ideas for the direction I want to go, and one of the hardest things for me thus far has been learning how to properly document my work to show on the web (both to sell and to share). So, know that this is just the beginning of what you will see from me, and I expect it to keep getting better and better!
Here are photos of a couple of pendants that I made for my sister Laura and my cousin Claire Wood, as a preview of pieces that I’m working on tentatively called “Forever Names”
I also recently made a group of pendants for close friends who had lost a loved one, someone who was very special in so many lives, including mine. His name is Hal and I made one of the necklaces with his name in a heart-shaped pendant, two that are small and delicate with his initial h, and one for his wife with a photo of the two of them together on the back and their names on the front. I truly hope that these tokens can help my friends hold their husband, father, and grandfather, on the outside of their hearts as well as the inside. Hal was the kind of man who brought so much joy to everyone he encountered, just by the love and energy he exuded with his warm smile and innate ability to give whomever he was talking to all of his attention and interest. I hope that by wearing the necklaces, not only can his loved ones hold him closer to themselves, they can also share him with the world.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more to come…