True story: Before motherhood turned me Bananas (hehe) I used to moonlight as a jewellery designer. No, really, I did. It was a business I thoroughly enjoyed: It got my creative juices flowing to the max: I achieved a fair amount of success- having items featured in national publications, & I managed to earn some money along the way.
I met some incredibly successful ‘fashion insiders’, the stand out highlight: meeting Hilary Alexander, who I admire greatly. She even commissioned me to create some pieces for the Daily telegraph, Fashion segment.
I then reached a stage with the business where driving any success forward would mean pursing the high-end market, & investing a large amount of money into these endeavors (oh, hai diamonds). Unfortunately, this came smack bang at the time our economy took a nosedive into recession: a pretty shaky time to be throwing tons of money into a business. You can imagine I felt very apprehensive.
After a business consultation with a ‘man in the know’ who took our concept as far afield as the UAE, & sunny Ibiza (with Jade Jaggers’ boutique) I realised that to move the business forward would require complete dedication: life being put on hold & throwing myself in whole heartedly. Any future plans with Mr Cool Bananas would have to wait.
Now, I’ve never been afraid of a little hard work, or commitment. BUT I found myself having to reevaluate priorities. Did I want to spend the next 10 years slogging away at this? Was it in our grand scheme of things as a couple? & The answer was no. We were reaching a point in our relationship, where after getting engaged (underneath Sydney harbour bridge, new years eve, I heard you ask) our thoughts were turning to marriage & starting a family. The reality hit me, like a slap on the cheek: I simply wouldn’t be able to juggle this business venture & parenthood, financially or emotionally. If I’d already been a well-established brand in these new markets, this story would perhaps have a different ending.
I’d always wanted to be a mother: to enjoy & savour my child (to be a stay at home mum). Mr Bananas was the one with the career: I know some ‘feminists’ will disagree with this. Lets be clear, I am a feminist. I believe the movement has come a long way: & esentially feminism is about choice. My choice to be a ‘hands on mother’ therefore demonstrates my belief in feminism.
& So it was with a heavy heart, I decided to wind down the business, to seek employment elsewhere & slowly phase it out. Writing about this, it feels like a lifetime ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a ‘jewellery designer’ & I gained an invaluable knowledge not just about creativity, but also into the ‘workings’ of a business.
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’m a fan of the statement necklace: it’s such a simple ‘style cheat’ if you will, an easy way to jazz up any outfit. Heck, I’ve amassed a fair few lately:
Quite frankly, the selection available on the high street, whilst they appear attractive are far too often very poorly made, plus a health & safety risk (those primarni ones will slit your throat if not handled with care!). This got me thinking….Why don’t I make my own? So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. As a hobby, if I can figure out the space-time continuum lark & actually find time (what, in-between taming a two year old!) & I thought y’all might like to join me along the way-& maybe even make your own.
I’ve reclaimed my tools: (you need very few to make basic pieces)
& I’ll probably be visiting hobby craft for some nick-nacks that I’ll need (fyi, in this game, the technical term is ‘findings’)
So do check back for my progress & the finished result!
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