How long did it take to build interest in your jewellery, is starting something from scratch a slow build or did you find it took off faster than expected?
It was a slow start, but I was constantly uploading the process of my learnings to Instagram and with people also stuck at home I found they began taking interest in what I was making and started following the journey, asking questions and giving requests. Being a hair and makeup artist, I had some close connections with videographers, models, photographers etc. so I was able to put together a campaign shoot and start advertising my collection online and via Instagram with proper content and aesthetics - this is when I noticed things started taking off.
What is the biggest obstacle you face in the creating process?
There are constant road blocks, especially as I’m teaching myself, and it can be quite stressful as there are things you don’t think about that can go wrong or slow down the process. For example, right now I’m running out of packaging. Time management can be tough, and having so many different things to keep on top of isn't always easy, but you definitely learn and get better as you go. At the very beginning I said yes to everything - even if I didn't know how to do something, I would learn. It seemed like a proactive mindset at the time, but I remember one design in particular giving me sleepless nights for over a week. The technique in which I had planned to make this piece was wrong, and I was running out of time to think of an alternative way to produce it. It all worked out in the end and I was able to overcome the obstacles and again learn something from it, each time you become better prepared for the next.