This week Ohio Creative Collective is excited to spotlight one of our members, AdoreJules!
AdoreJules designs and crafts unique jewelry that goes with everything! Her collection is full of gemstones and repurposed vintage jewelry that she designs into beautiful new jewelry pieces. As I looked through her collection each piece was different, it was refreshing! Knowing that your necklace is one of a kind makes you feel special and more appreciative of the jewelry. I was excited to talk with AdoreJules to learn more about where her inspiration comes from and how she got started.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, what are your hobbies outside of jewelry making?
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in a big city and all that it offers has made a huge impact on my love of design, art, fashion and jewelry. My love of jewelry began with the very first ring I received from my dad when I was 4 years old shopping in downtown Chicago. I still own the ring. From that point on it was always a part of my life. It was given as gifts as well as purchasing on my own.
I currently work in Client Services for a company in Dublin, Ohio. I love gardening, biking, travel, baking, reading and finding new places to eat. I’m married and the mother of two grown sons. One is a storyboard artist and the other graphic design and illustration.
2. How did you find a passion for crafting?
I’ve always loved working with my hands and drawn to creating. Whether it was floral arrangements, home décor, gardening and designing flower baskets, crafts with my kids, drawing, painting – I’ve always done something. It was just a natural evolution.
3. Was your business planned? Or did it evolve naturally? When did this happen?
As my kids were getting older I began taking art classes. I began with drawing eventually taking jewelry making classes. By the second class in jewelry making I couldn’t stop buying material to make into jewelry pieces. Jewelry I designed and made were given as gifts. It was during this time one of my nieces told me to open an Etsy shop. This was in 2009 and I did!
4. Where do you find inspiration?
My creative process can begin with a design element, a gemstone, or broken vintage jewelry piece. It can also begin as I flip through fashion magazines. Sometimes a light bulb goes off and I immediately see what I want to make and the other materials to incorporate etc. Then there are times when I look at it and try different design ideas. I don't design and make something unless I love it! This is my absolute favorite part of what I do. The designing and making along with seeing a happy customer drives me
5. Where do you currently sell your products?
In order of retail partner
Serendip Gallery - Powell
Wren House - Worthington
Simply Vague stores – Polaris, Tuttle, Campus
Artspace in Mansfield
Glean – Short North
Pure Roots – Westerville
A Little Simplicity – Delaware
Wayne Center for the Arts - Wooster
6. Where do you see your business going in the next few years?
I would love to add more retail partners and have my business as my main source of income.
7. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in your business so far?
My background is in elementary education not business - I'm not an expert but have learned about marketing, social media and how to use it and continue to learn. I'm in a number of stores and I will make jewelry pieces to fit the demographics of the stores location. Sometimes I can't believe how my business has grown in the past two years.
8. That is awesome! What products do you currently make? Any others you hope to make in the future?
I'm eclectic at heart so my jewelry can't help but represent the same. What I design and make can be trendy, classic, vintage, and one of a kind. My collection tends to have a minimalist sometimes vintage feel.
I love incorporating spikes, bars, chevron shapes on delicate chain or rosary chain and use this in both necklaces and bracelets.
I've been drawn to gemstones since I was a little girl. Here is something that comes from the earth in a wealth of colors, but also has healing and meaning attributes. I incorporate gemstones in all my pieces. My current favorites for summer are Amazonite, Peru Chalcedony and Angelite.
I also have a Hand-stamped collection with inspirational words or state names. I've had many custom orders for this collection
Since my love of jewelry began with a ring - I have rings in my collection. Some are made with a handmade clay bezel with rhinestones and gems. Others in my collection use vintage glass cabochons. Most of the vintage beads come 1950's.
I love finding unique pieces and vintage pieces to create something new as well as upcycle into a brand new jewelry piece.
I have hundreds of coins from all over the world - hubby's business travels - I incorporate these into jewelry pieces - with my Drill Press, of course! So much fun!
Other than gemstones it's important to me to source my materials in the US. I want my customers to be confident in the quality of my jewelry.
9. What is your favorite part about crafting?
I love all aspects – creating, having someone tell me how much they love their jewelry purchase and meeting other crafters. I can’t describe how fulfilling it has been for me.
10. What do you hope to gain from your membership in the Ohio Creative Collective?
I hope to grow in knowledge (I already have with Andrea’s blog on Instagram – I now use Snapseed to edit my photos and I cleaned up my Instagram photos to try and build a more cohesive account. Also hope to have more business opportunities, meet more small business owners, and make others aware of my small business.