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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Interview: up close and personal with Joannie of Joanniel Creations

1) You make such beautiful pieces, how did you get your start making jewelry? I got interested in making jewellery after losing an earring and trying to recreate it myself. It didn't really turn out to look anything like the earring I had lost but it was nice, and I had fun doing it. That's how it all started. I sold to family and friends at first and then it occurred to me that maybe jewellery making should become more than a hobby. That's when I started my very own business. At first it was named Jewellery Box but when I signed into Etsy to purchase something I chose Joanniel as my account name. When I realized I couldn't change it I decided to change my business name to Joanniel Creations instead. That's how Joanniel Creations came to be.

2) Do you have one particular style, or do your items represent a diversity of styles?
I don't think I have one particular style. My jewellery varies from bright, colorful, eclectic, hand painted pieces, to more simple and elegant classic looks. I also like to use vintage components in my pieces so I guess I have a pretty good variety of selections.
3) What are your favorite materials to work with and why?

My favorite thing to work with is anything that is going to require paint. The possibilities are endless and it results in really unique designs depending on what I am painting on. I have been painting for over 15 years and it just recently occurred to me to combine painting with my creating jewellery. I am so happy with the results I have gotten so far.

4) Where do you find the inspiration for your pieces?
Everything inspires me...movies, music, fashion. Sometimes I am inspired by a feeling or even a dream. When I have no fresh ideas I tend to search online. I look at paintings, photos, makeup combinations. Usually that helps me figure out what to make next.

5) You must be busy with a little guy at home, when do you find the time to create?
Usually late at night when my son is asleep or on weekends when my boyfriend can take care of him a little so I can work. Or during his naps. This usually results in all my other duties being neglected so it's sort of a challenge.

6) Do you have any plans to introduce new types of items to your store this year?
I've already introduced my hand painted jewellery and would really love to be able to stock more gemstones and real silver and gold materials. Beyond that I have no plans for anything new, but I tend to be impulsive so you never know.

7) You've been selling on Etsy for a year and 3 months...what are some of the lessons that you've learned, and do you have any advice to give to new sellers? Etsy is a friendly community of talented people who are all working equally as hard as I am. Success is something that takes time and is entirely dependent on hard work, patience, great presentation, kindness, and a bit of faith. I am a big believer in the law of attraction so success is only within your reach if you believe it is possible. Knowing that your art has value and giving it the worth it deserves is important. I've learned to not compare myself to others although at times it's hard not to do that.

8) Is there anything else you'd like to add?
It's easy to get discouraged. Believe me it happens to me even now.
Sales are low and it gets kind of depressing if you let it. So don't get discouraged. Keep moving forward and use slower times to revamp or renew your shop or products. Just be the best that you can be and don't worry about how much better or worse other shops are doing. Focus on your own thing and keep being positive.

Many thanks to Joannie for giving of her time with this interview ☺ You can see all these wonderful items, and more, in her Etsy shop: Joanniel Creations' Etsy shop
Other links include: website
Her Blog

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joanniel creations said...

This is great. It really looks nice because of how pretty and elegant your blog colors are. Thanks so much for asking me.

The Art of Zen.......Crochet said...

Great Interview!! I love learning about our OCT members.

Jensdreamdecor said...

Such a talented artist...wonderful to learn more about Joanniel! Love your work.

Anonymous said...

nice to get to know a bit more about you Jo :)

Vicky said...

Thank you for another great interview! Joannie creates such exquisite pieces, and she's obviously a very talented photographer too!

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