First off, tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am the creator of Menuet Designs. I was born in Japan and got a B.A. in Fashion Design at university there. After that, I worked as a fashion designer for several years
at some of Tokyo’s best known fashion houses, where I designed men and women’s clothing and shoes. I married a Canadian and moved to Canada in 1996, and started my own small business designing and making petite purses and bags. Canada is my home now and I’m very comfortable here. I think the North American way of life suits me. You know, it’s more laid back than Japan and one can be one’s own person here.
How and when did you start making jewelry and your other items?
I’ve always had an interest in design and jewelry but didn’t start making jewelry until two years ago. I took several courses in things like fabrication, precious metal clay and surface techniques, and picked up additional now how on my own along the way. It’s been a really exciting and stimulating time for me!
When and how did you originally find Etsy?
I heard of Etsy by word of mouth about a year and a half ago or so.
What is unique about Etsy and what about the website do you like the most in regards to your shop?
I think it’s exciting to be part of this huge online community of designers and artists. I think this makes Etsy unique.
My shop was easy to set up and is easy to make changes to, so I give Etsy kudos for ease of use.
What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
Definitely a love of nature and the forms of nature. I also think I am attracted to simple forms. Maybe this is a reflection of my Japanese background, the “less is more” aesthetic that pervades a lot of Japanese art and design, both contemporary and traditional. But you wouldn’t call my jewelry designs Japanese per se.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created and why?
That’s a tough one. One of my favorites has to be the Spring Has Come Necklace. I am also really like my pieces consisting of both silver and gold plated findings. I think the combination of gold with silver can be very striking, very refreshing, but the constituent pieces have to be chosen carefully. Not everything will work together.
What do you want to accomplish with your online shop?
In my own small way I want to bring pleasure, the joy of looking beautiful, to the women of the world. It’s so satisfying to know that my customers come from all over, Europe, the Phillipines, S. America, Australia, not to mention the U.S. and Canada. And of course in doing so I want to grow my business, mainly through Etsy, to the point where I can say, hey, I’ve really accomplished something here!
Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
I will be adding, with the help of my husband David, new pieces every week or so. I hope to add some necklaces that will really appeal to brides for their wedding- gorgeous necklaces that exude beauty and romance in a unique and refreshing way.
Where can readers find out about more information regarding your jewelry and other creations and possible special offers (including additional websites, blogs, facebook, etc)?
You know, I don’t have a Facebook Page yet but one is coming. You can see my handfabricated sterling silver jewelry at: miyukijewelrydesigns.webs.com and www.etsy.com/shop/menuetdesigns