First off, tell me a little bit about yourself?
Currently I am living in New York City working as a jewelry designer both for my own collection and for a handful of well known designers. I came to Manhattan 3 years ago to attend the Fashion Institute after graduating from business school in Wilmington, North Carolina. I currently design and make all of my pieces in a rather quaint apartment in the East Village. My store can be found at www.jmcrowther.etsy.com
How and when did you start making jewelry?
My love for jewelry is actually a byproduct of my love for shoes, as I first began designing and selling jewelry to fund my obsessive shoe buying habit in college. Now that I have a handle on that habit, I spend most of my time and energy hunting for new materials and inspiration to work with.
When and how did you originally find Etsy?
I signed up for Etsy several years ago with all good intentions to promote my jewelry online, but it fell to the backburner soon after I first logged on. This year, I made it my New Year’s resolution to start my shop and dedicate more time to producing new pieces. I posted my first few pieces January 1st and I have been trying to stay active in posting new items every week.
What is unique about Etsy and what about the website do you like the most in regards to your shop?
Etsy has a great sense of community and I love that you can shop for handcrafted items from all over the world. It gives you the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. I would love to one day open up my very own jewelry shop. Etsy gives me the opportunity to find out what people respond positively to.
What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
I go to museums a lot for inspiration. Some of my favorites include the MET, Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. I also think of all design ideas right before falling asleep and I keep a notepad and pencil on my bedside table. The materials I find are also great sources of inspiration. I lay them all out on my work bench and play with them until I know exactly what I want to do.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created and why?
That’s a hard question… I think it would be these silver and kuem-boo earrings I designed while still in school. They took a very long time to make and I really put my heart and soul into them. I always get compliments when I wear them out but I could never sell them.
What do you want to accomplish with your online shop?
I hope to make strong contacts and promote my line to an international audience. And of course sell a thing or two!
Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
Yes, I just started posting up pieces from my latest collection, “Catch-all,” and I am going to be adding more soon. It is a fun collection where the chain flows around the stones and settings. I have really enjoyed expanding on this collection and I am hoping other people will love it too.
Where can readers find out about more information regarding your jewelry creations and possible special offers (including additional websites, blogs, facebook, etc)?
My website is currently under construction. You can see my jewelry at my Etsy shop. Also check out my blog, and twitter feed.