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Check Out Chandra Chatmon’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chandra Chatmon.

Hi Chandra, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started my business as a jewelry artist in 2011. I used to make jewelry for myself to wear to my corporate job and one day, my husband told me I should consider showing my work. We lived downtown near an arts district at the time and I had already become familiar with the arts community and nearby shop owners. I participated in a citywide art show that year and the rest is history. I ended up resigning from my job to make room for my creative pursuit.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been less than smooth. I left my job ‘cold turkey’ as they say, primarily because it was incredibly stressful but also because I’m an artist at heart and I had an overwhelming need to express that. I had adequate savings but the money wasn’t flowing in as quickly as I had hoped. My funds went dry and we had to make some decisions. We ultimately decided to move to Los Angeles to be near relatives and widen our income possibilities. Moving was a huge adjustment but ultimately, it proved to be the right decision for my career and overall well-being.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a self-taught jewelry artist and a fiber artist – I design jewelry and accessories. I specialize in wire-based jewelry and I knit and crochet hats, scarves and handbags. I’m particularly proud of my scarves and handbags – it’s tough, I’m proud of it all! I have a great eye for color and I’m generally not afraid to try something new in my work. My custom orders truly inspire me and help me learn and grow.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory revolves around cooking and baking, something I’ve been doing since I was eight years old. I didn’t believe up until recently that I expressed myself creatively much as a child, but upon reflection, I realize that I did make quite a splash in the kitchen. I made steak dinners, six-layer cakes, doughnuts, hand-crafted ice cream – you name it, I did it. It was quality time with both of my parents and I could sense the pride they had in my meals.

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