This week has been crazy busy for us here at White Bear Jewelry. Creating a new line is always stressful, exciting, and ultimately fun. This week I wanted to share a little bit with you about what goes on behind the scenes here at White Bear Jewelry, a little something about who helps me through my process and what inspires me to create.
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First, this is me! Sarah Stewart-Skelton, designer and creator here at White Bear Jewelry. I began making jewelry when I was first diagnosed with NASH (a liver disease that was discovered just a few years ago and is being studied). I am not allowed to hold regular work because of the symptoms so I needed to find something that I loved and do it. And I found shiny things and started putting them together! Since then I have reached out and learned so many new techniques. I have obtained my certificate in jewelry design from The New York Institute of Art and Design in Manhattan, NYC. So exciting for me YAY!!! Wire working and simple metal working are my current forte but I am quickly learning more advanced metal working skills. So look out world here I come! I am inspired by a lot of cultures around the world. I have always valued my freedom and fantasized about the gypsy lifestyle. So it was easy for me to design bohemian jewelry. I am also inspired by Steampunk and enjoy tinkering with watches, watch parts and vintage findings. I love nature and the glorious things that God has created. The colors and textures found in nature are amazing. I use natural objects such as gems and sea shells as much as I can. I truly enjoy working with silver and copper. I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting. Patterns fascinate me.
This handsome man next to me is my husband Shawn Skelton. He is my quality control man. He inspects every item for jagged edges and wires that stick out. He is not afraid to look at me and say “Is this wire supposed to be sticking out?” or “This part right here feels rough”. I am so thankful to him and his amazing sense of touch. He also helps me make some design decisions when I get stuck, like “hey honey does this chain seem to be to big to you?” He is an awesome support system. He always has my back physically, emotionally and spiritually. I could never have asked for a better partner in crime.
This lovely young lady is my daughter, Angie. She is my fashion trend consultant. This girl has her finger on the pulse of fashion daily. She wants to be a photographer and cosmetician when she grows up, which isn’t really that far away! UGH….LOL She is a brilliant young lady with a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do.
This little guy is William, my youngest son and my apprentice. Whenever I am working this little guy is right there with me. When I finish a piece he eagerly runs it over to his dad for the quality control appraisal and then back to me for fixes or polishing. He is so much fun to watch. He is a very creative little man and enjoys playing with all of my tools and bits of large gauge wire. I think he is going to be a musician, artist and jewelry designer when he gets older. He just loves to create no matter the medium.
This cool dude is my son Nero! He also loves to play with my tools and wire (not always when he is supposed to LOL). He is my shipping assistant. He helps me pack every piece that goes out to its new home. Nero is an energetic 6 year old who loves to play video games, draw, and play outside. When he grows up he would like to be “a chef, a fireman, or a policeman”.
This is a little peek into what my worktable looks like on most creative days. I surround myself with what I want to work on, materials that gave me ideas and put beautiful pictures in my head. Most designers sit down and draw out what they want to create. My creativity works a bit different. I have to work on my ideas as they strike my brain. A piece of wire, a bead, or a stone will tell me what I should do with it. They call out their purposes to me. I know it sounds a bit mystical but that’s what happens. I am not the neatest of artists either. My bench is usually cluttered and I constantly search for a tool that I just had and am now missing. Teehee. I find inspiration in common things like leaves and flowers and the wind. My spirituality is really important to me. I put a prayer in every piece. I want my customers to have a feeling of peace and joy when they wear my creations. I believe that every woman is exceptionally beautiful. God made them with purpose and personality! Each woman should have a piece that is uniquely them. A piece that when gazed upon feels like home, like it matches their inside, a soul mate in a jewelry sense. I strive to make my jewelry like that. I want you to feel that and to know that you can be Beautifully free and Beautifully you!
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