My love affair with jewelry started at a very young age. As most little girls do, I would try on my Mom’s jewelry and play “dress up”, and than parade around the house feeling very mature and pretty. Who would have thought (I know she didn’t) I would end up where I’m at today, designing and making jewelry full-time.
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a designer though. I went through my “rebel” phase were I rode motorcycles and played drums for a punk rock band. After finally realizing that this wasn’t going to really amount to anything, I decided I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Then it dawned on me…..I wanted to be a jewelry designer!
To my father’s relief, I decided to attend Parson’s School of Design in “the Village” otherwise known as New York City. After taking, and yes, passing, various types of jewelry making classes (mostly silversmith), I applied for my first job. To my excitement was hired as a designer for 2 upscale boutiques in NY and NJ. There they taught me everything else that school didn’t, the art of design. After working there for a few years, I decided it was time for another change. That’s when I moved to AZ.
Happy Chi Jewelry Resin Watches
I had to put jewelry making on the back burner and ended up working for a large credit card company. I started making jewelry for co-workers and did some very small art shows to get my “feet wet” . Just when I was thinking of turning in my notice to pursue my passion full-time, my employer was wanting to down size and offered some of us a generous severance package.
Long story short, I took the money and ran!
Fast forward to today.
I have now been at it for over 5 years and loving it! There’s a lot of up’s and down’s but I haven’t looked back since. Keeping a small business a float by myself is not always easy but the rewards are very satisfying. I keep one thing in mind when designing and that is “how would I want this to piece to look if I was making it for myself?” So I don’t skimp or cut corners. I feel so unbelievably lucky and honored to be doing what I love for a living that words can not express it. I feel that the name “Happy Chi Jewelry” sums it up. “A privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” JosephCampbell. Thanks for reading this.
PS I still like to put on jewelry and parade around the house feeling very mature and pretty……maybe not so mature.
Reach Stacey Morris online at www.happychijewelry.com