How did you become interested in making jewelry? Several years ago, my husband and I traveled back to Cambridge, MA where we lived when we were first married. We happened upon a charming bead store that had always been in town but that I had never really ‘seen’, until this time around. When we ventured in I was immediately inspired by all the beautiful stones & color possibilities. When I was working so much, I really had no idea these type of stores existed! At the time, I had been looking for a necklace for myself that I had not yet found, so decided to try my hand at making my own. That visit put a little seed idea in my head and after a bit of time and thought, Osage Orange Studio was created via Etsy.
You use such interesting beads ... where do you find them? I find most of my materials at local Chicago area bead stores. I go to each shop for different things, some carry a good vintage bead selection and others beautiful stone strands. I do sometimes shop online, but prefer to see and feel the stones in hand to check for quality. I go with what speaks to me when I see it.
What inspires your pieces? Simply, color. I believe at heart I’m a ‘colorist’ if there is such a thing. I’m inspired by the colors in food, summertime farmers markets, all the glorious greens and blues in nature, the quality of light, old classic films and on it goes ... I’ll see a color combination and it will trigger a design idea that translates to my jewelry. I love the subtleties of colors and the architectural quality of geometric patterns. I believe always looking is the key.
Do you have a favorite piece that you've made? If so, which? My favorite necklace is called ‘Honeydew’, which previously sold. It was inspired by a lovely colored melon that I ate one summer with a yellow skin and light green flesh. I created a long necklace out of creamy light green rectangular beads that were knotted with canary yellow silk thread. This piece represented my style and color sense well and felt like ‘me’ to the core. It was young and fresh, a little bit delicate but still modern. A current favorite in my shop are the Raindrop & Midnight series. These necklaces are so lightweight to wear for summer and feel like they float on the neck.
Do you sell anywhere other than Etsy? If so, where? Right now, I only sell on Etsy. I always list current information and sales in my shop announcements. I also welcome custom work based on a current design or something completely new based on a specific stone. Come say hello anytime… I would love to have you visit.linda has been so kind to offer my readers a giveaway and a coupon code. please include your email address in a comment below to be eligible for her beautiful Raindrop necklace (necklace length selected by winner). the last day to comment is august 31. the winner will be randomly picked september 1st. you may only comment once. if you'd like to purchase one of her other items, enter the coupon code "jaditekate" at checkout to receive 10% off.