Tell us a little bit about who you are and your life up to this point in time.
I've always been artistic, as a student, I've studied Theater, Film and the Arts. In the late 90s, I moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia and landed myself in graduate film school. I began to sell my jewelry to family and friends as a way of earning money for my student projects. Upon graduating, I realized I had found my true creative outlet, and Honey Child Designs was born.
Besides your fantasy creative life, what else are you doing currently?
I'm currently offer jewelry making classes and I host bridal jewelry parties, children's parties and other ice breaker events to bring people together thru the united task of jewelry making.
What do you offer in your Etsy Shop?
I offer my unique line of Crystal and Gemstone jewelry. My line showcases One-of-A-Kind Agate Necklaces as my main focus. I also offer a line of crystal Chakra jewelry, designed in mind to help balance the seven energy fields of the Chakra system.
Where do you create?
I have a home studio, dedicated to being a cozy haven for me to design and handcraft my line. I also keep all of my collected stones and materials there.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
my inspiration is derived from nature. You could say that mother nature is my Muse. I just look around and appreciate all of the natural wonders in the world.
How did you learn how to do your craft?
I am self taught. I started by doing simple stringing and beading, but it slowly evolved into more elaborate designs. I use the Agate slice itself as the catalyst and I just go with the flow and build around it. I'm always amazed when a piece is finished.
How do you promote your wares?
I've created a dedicated website www.honeychilddesign.com, which I use it as a promotional and networking tool. I pass out lots of business cards with the link to my etsy site. I also participate in local and online craft shows and do a lot of social networking.
What has been the most important lesson you've learned since you started selling your own creations?
Persistance. If you truly love what you do, you will stick with it, thru thick and thin.
Is there any advice you can give others who are just starting out?
Stay true to yourself, think of your art first, and let your personal constitution lead you to your end result. I believe good things come to you when you build upon your own integrity.
Do you have any favorite Etsy artists you'd like to promote here?
Sure! A shout out to my friend Lisa of Sehra's, she makes the cutest little cupcake soaps. We haven't known each other long, but she has been a great inspiration to me. We can definitely give credit to Team EAOC for bringing us together! Also, my good friend Mindy of Tangent Designs has been in my corner since I've joined Etsy, she has been a wonderful teammate!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Nicole Parrish of Honey Child Designs