Worldwide Wednesday continues this week with a visit to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet jewellery designer and maker, Lauren Alleyne.
Lauren confesses to being a bold risk taker and always puts her customers first – but has it always been that way…?
As ever, I should introduce my guest for this week before we learn more about her.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Lauren Alleyne.
Ok, has everyone got a drink?
Great :) Then let’s have a listen to Lauren tell us about herself and her growing love of jewellery making.
Please can you provide a brief introduction to yourself, where in the world you are and let everyone know what you currently do in the arts/crafts industry.
I am Lauren and I live in Atlanta, GA.
I currently make beautiful, vibrant, handmade jewelry for men, women, and children.
I also paint abstract pottery!
When did you begin working in the creative industry and what was the seminal or defining moment that put you on that path?
A friend of mine suggested I start making jewelry as a second source of income. The night I decided to make my first piece I made about ten bracelets! I couldn’t stop!
If I could, I would have stayed up all night making more. That’s when I knew I was hooked!
My mind just flooded with ideas and I knew it was something I should pursue.
Is what you do now what you imagined you would be doing when you first started out?
When I first started making jewelry I had no idea where it would take me.
I thought I would just sell a few pieces here and there and that would be it however the more that I sold, the more confidence I had in making it into an actual business.
Thinking back through the years, what memorable responses have you had to your work?
I love when a customer tells me one of my pieces they just purchased will go perfectly with an outfit they have.
I’m always so touched when customers tell me I’m talented and creative. It’s very humbling.
What has been most important to you as an artist or crafter – a mentor, support, knowledge, advice, information, funding, family, friends … etc?
I’m always seeking knowledge on how to expand my business and how to better reach my customers.
I’m grateful to have the support of my family and friends, but at the end of the day it’s the customers that matter the most!
How have you changed during your career and do you see room for more changes in the coming years?
I have definitely become more fearless, and more business-minded. I find myself taking more risks and being more bold when it comes to putting myself out there.
I’ve realized it’s now or never!
What work do you most enjoying doing?
I enjoy making jewelry, but I also really enjoy putting together my marketing campaigns!
Who/What inspires you the most?
I’m inspired by art and fashion! There are no bounds and the inspiration is limitless.
How would you describe a creative life? Fun, challenging, rewarding … etc?
A creative life is fun and very rewarding.
I love coming up with new ideas and being able to express myself whenever the mood strikes.
What would be your dream project?
My dream project would be to have my jewelry line in a boutique or featured in a fashion show.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m getting ready to roll out my fall line, so I’m waiting until new fall fashion trends emerge so I can design complementary pieces.
What future project(s) are you most looking forward to?
Putting my line into stores and boutiques!
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What hobbies (creative or non-creative) do you have?
I paint pottery with my pottery business called Pretti Pots™. I actually began painting pottery before I started making jewelry.
I’m also a horror movie junkie, I love reading, dancing, and Pinteresting!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m very spiritual and a deep thinker.
I’m also a little introverted but I’m trying to break out of that!
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Always make time for your dreams. Your life will never be fulfilling unless you’re expressing your true desires in life.
Don’t let yourself regret not doing what you always wanted to do.
Where else can we find you? (Blog, website, twitter, facebook etc)
- Twitter: @TheEmpressL
- Instagram: @LaurenAlleyneCollection
- Pinterest: LaurenAlleyne1
So that concludes this week’s Worldwide Wednesday.
I have really enjoyed this fascinating insight into Lauren’s life, dreams and aspirations. I was also very impressed with Lauren’s choices of colour and texture in her work.
What did you think?
Before moving on, I am sure that you will join me in wishing Lauren the best for her future jewellery making endeavors.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to our next trip.
See you next time!