PAIGE OF PAIGE BARBEE JEWELRY.
Join us in welcoming Paige to the Journal. We are so excited to have her here today sharing her biz and experiences! Paige is a skilled jeweler and makes GORGEOUS pieces!
1 // Hi Paige! Tell us about yourself and what you #waketomake!
I'm Paige of Paige Barbee Jewelry. I make custom and one of a kind jewelry (I'll be releasing a collection of heirloom jewelry early next year!).
I always wanted to get into fashion design but the fashion world didn't quite fit my laid back personality. When I found that I could combine my love of sculpture and fashion with creating jewelry, that's when it all began!
I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design to study metals and jewelry. While in college I had an internship designing jewelry but I missed being able to create pieces and work with my hands. It was then that I decided to try and create a business for myself.
2 // That's so awesome. We love stories like that! What motivates your work?
As artists, we aren't truly living unless we are creating so I'm always drawn to making something. I constantly have ideas that I want to make come to life but sadly there’s never enough time in a day to create it all.
I love being able to make someone’s idea come to life when creating custom pieces, it always makes my work feel fresh and new, never boring.
3 // Awesome! We like to change things up around here too. Always doing something new! Tell us the most challenging part of your business:
The most challenging part of my business has been figuring out how to run a business! I can figure out how to make something without question but accounting, taxes, and managing social media are a different story.
4 // We hear you! It's so much work. But so worth it. How can people follow you and keep up on your business?
5 // What advice do you have for other, perhaps newer, makers?
Keep going! Being a maker is always going to be filled with trial and error so don't be disappointed when things don't go as planned. Sometimes you create amazing things that way.