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Today we’d like to introduce you to Savvy.

Hi Savvy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Expressing myself through art has always been an important part of my life. I grew up in Anaheim and would spend as much time as possible doing arts and crafts during the summers, mostly to distract from home life and failing grades. After graduating high school in 2015, I worked retail for two years, then attended cosmetology school in 2017.

When I realized I had no interest in partaking in the beauty industry, I dropped out. I had taught myself how to crochet in 2010, which led to non-traditional art mediums in community college in 2019. I pursued jewelry making and metalsmithing and the completion of my Jewelry Certification in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, I have been working on making and releasing jewelry (collections) online and taking commissions. I have always wanted to start my own business selling what I make since I was 16, and now I’m doing exactly that!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Due to the emotional and financial instability of my living situation for a large part of my life, I was unable to pursue my interests for the sake of creating. Instead, I had to constantly have to think about how to market my work and content in order to validate spending so much time on it, which I feel had a negative impact on my creativity. This could have lead to me feeling resentful towards my work, so I decided to focus on making accessories that I would personally wear. Luckily, it appears that other people would wear them, too!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My work is heavily inspired by my life experiences, early-2000’s fashion, and internet culture, but with a modern take. Kind-of like a glass of apple juice you left in your room that has been growing its own ecosystem for the past 20 years – it’s a new experience with nostalgic flavors.

How do you think about luck?
I lucked out in finding wonderful people who have supported my work since the beginning of my relationships with them, namely my partner, his family, and my best friend. They cheer me on in my journey of artistic expression and encourage me to be the best person I can be.

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