This week on Shop Small Saturday Showcase, things are a bit different. Usually, I have an interview with a lovely shop owner and a few pictures of the wonderful handmade goods to share with you. However, when Jessica of Crow Jane Jewelry shared her workspace, I know that I needed to add a few more pictures to the final feature. After all, I love to celebrate handmade goods and the artistic process!
One other difference is that Jessica hails from Denver, which isn't exactly local for me. Still, I know some of you readers are from Colorado, so I'm just expanding my definition of local. :)
Here are a couple of items that are remaining the same. The interview reveals some fun tidbits, like the surprisingly tough part of making her pretty jewelry. Also, Jessica is offering a couple of goodies to my readers! One lucky reader will win one of her fabulous necklaces in the giveaway, and everyone will be able to save 20% off her entire Etsy shop! Stay tuned until the end of the post for the details.
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
I am a jewelry designer, metalsmith and lover of all things sustainable, local and hand crafted. I am mostly self taught as a metalsmith and feel passionate about constantly trying new techniques and creating new designs. My jewelry pieces are inspired by the dichotomy between nature and industry and by the shapes of ancient cultures. Each piece is hand crafted with love and care in my studio in the Denver foothills.
Where did the name of your store come from?
My shop name, Crow Jane Jewelry, comes from an old blues song done by the likes of Skip James. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have a song also called Crow Jane inspired by the original. I am a musician as well and Crow Jane is one of my favorite songs to play.
Why did you start making goods for Crow Jane Jewelry?
I started making jewelry at a very young age. In fact, it's something that I've always done in one form or another. As a student in art school (studying sustainable design rather than jewelry design), I became more focused on jewelry design as a career and became making and selling my designs more seriously. My business has grown organically since then and is now my main gig which I feel so lucky and grateful for every day : )
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