I love bright, bold colors, but for some reason the bulk of my wardrobe consists of clothing in the gray to black spectrum. So I often look to my accessories to add a splash of color to what I am wearing.
As you can probably tell by the shop name, this week’s featured artist, Melissa Partridge, is no stranger to colorful accessories. As she writes, “Color has always been an inspiration for me. Anything with bright, radiant colors puts a smile on my face.” Melissa’s torch enameled collection of jewelry is sure to put a smile on your face.
How did you get started making jewelry?
I’ve always dabbled in designing earrings, pendants, necklaces with beads & mixed metals. In early 2012 I was laid off from my corporate full-time sales job. This was a total blessing for me and I was able to put more time & energy into my designs. I signed up for additional metalsmith classes and tried my first hand torch enamel class with Barbara Lewis. I love color and adding colored enamel to my jewelry is so much fun!
What do you like most about having your own jewelry business? What do you find most challenging?
I love that I am my own boss and able to work what ever hours I want to. I’ve always loved flexibility and designing jewelry balanced with art is the perfect combo. I probably feel the most challenging part of the business is keeping up with all the social media & marketing aspects of the business. Social Media is huge and it’s easy to get distracted with it from creating your designs.
What inspires you to create?
I’ve always been interested in fashion, art & design. Creating for me is therapeutic and relaxing. I’m the happiest when I’m designing and working with Colors, Metals, & Textures.
What do you think motivates others to buy handmade?
Buying homemade is very special since you know the artist put lots of love and passion into making it
What is your favorite handmade item you have bought or received?
I have lots of favorites….. but probably my favorite is a handbag I received from a friend with all different fabric textures stitched together with various shades of pink, my favorite color
When you are not making jewelry, what do you like to do with your time?
I love spending time with my boyfriend, family, friends and dog Samson, taking photographs of my favorite places, exploring Indie Craft shows, cooking, the beach, traveling, thrift stores, yard sales & museums.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to others with their own craft business?
Having your own craft business is a lot of work and time. But if you have true passion and positive attitude the money will come. I truly believe that when you are doing something you love, it never feels like you are working a day in your life.
Thanks for joining me on my blog, Melissa, and be sure to check out her shop!