I have been admiring Sonya’s work on Instagram for well over a year. She has a wonderful way with color and composition. Her pieces are so vibrant! So I was elated when I asked to feature her work on my Sunday Showcase and she agreed.
Tell us about your jewelry handcrafting.
A little something® jewelry is my diverse collection of artisan necklaces and earrings. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, created with components I make myself. I developed Deux-coupage™ for pendants, which is a version of traditional decoupage but with two sides, and I lampwork all the glass beads. My jewelry line is primarily comprised of solo pieces, but many can be purchased in sets. I also work on custom orders.
How long have you been making jewelry?
I’ve always tinkered with jewelry on the side, hosting jewelry parties here and there all while being in the fashion industry as a knitwear designer for over twenty-five years. I have seriously been pursuing the craft as an entrepreneur for nine years now, learning different methods and trying new techniques.
How did you get started?
It all started when pieces I made for my own pleasure began to really get noticed, and many people encouraged me to start selling them. In the beginning, it was a combination of vintage elements salvaged from antiques, purchased glass, and any interesting beads and gems that caught my eye. I am purely self-taught, so when experimenting and putting things together in unexpected ways, I learned even more. After I took classes on how to make my own glass beads and focals, the process became much more rewarding.
Is it your main gig?
Jewelry is my main gig, but I am also a writer, being published in Victoria Magazine twice. I have two blogs, my Journal and Trend Spotlight, and also contribute monthly posts to A Beaded Life.
Do others participate in the process?
Right now, I am a one-woman creative engine working solo as designer, maker, photographer, stylist, content creator, social media maven, and shipper! I am blessed to have my daughter who models the jewelry on occasion for photo shoots. Everything is done in my home studio, and I also have a showroom to provide a personal shopping experience for customers so, I am the salesperson too!
What inspires you?
Oh, so many things! I love to see art exhibits, travel to cultural events, and visit historic locations and festivals. I am always keeping up with fashion trends, colors, and patterns I see on the seasonal runways which helps focus my eye on any fresh wave of interesting ideas.
What do you love most in regard to your jewelry designing?
As a knitwear designer, once I designed a collection, I would have to wait two months for the first samples to arrive, then send corrections back and forth for another month to the factory. With my jewelry, everything happens in my own hands. It’s all up to me to create my vision. It is challenging to find creative solutions for new ideas sometimes, but so rewarding to see it develop right in front of me on my worktable.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is to connect with new customers. Social media is so important these days, and I try hard to create engaging and inspiring content to reach a wider audience all while maintaining a signature style.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” I try to live by this one each day, grateful for where the journey takes me
Do you have a website and/or social media sites where people can connect with you?
I am also on Instagram @sonyamfitzmaurice
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Tuesdays with a Twist at Stone Cottage Adventures