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Life and Work with Hyun Yu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hyun Yu.

Hyun, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a designer and a maker living in Los Angeles. Before making jewelry, I was a full-time graphic designer for another company. At that time, I was desperate to create something of my own but didn’t know how. One day for a distraction, I took a jewelry-making workshop and realized how good it felt to once again make something with my hands. After producing in a 2D environment for so long, it was really refreshing to work with objects that I could touch and manipulate into wearable pieces. After making my very first collection, I decided to show it at Unique Market in LA, and that started it all. It is interesting to see how much my jewelry designs have evolved since that first collection.

Great, 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?
Well, no, my journey to get to where I am taking a while. Looking back, the scariest part of starting my own business was the unknown. It took almost a year to give up my steady job and take the plunge. When I did, things didn’t work out as planned. I had to change my direction from designing and producing paper goods to jewelry. When I started showing my work at craft fairs, that’s when things clicked. So, my advice is this: Know what you want. At the same time, learn to embrace the unknown and be open to failures as part of the course. In the end, it’s so worth it.

Please tell us about Hyworks.
I make jewelry that highlights clean lines and colors. My aesthetic is minimal and modern with a playful flair. I make my own jewelry in my LA home studio. I take much care to make each piece, using quality materials.

I believe my background in graphic design and fine arts bring a unique perspective to creating. Graphic design taught me layout and composition, and fine art taught me to work with different mediums to create forms. I love working with a wide range of materials to create wearable pieces for people to enjoy.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
When you are first starting out, it’s valuable to learn from others and gain experience. I appreciate all the previous jobs that have given me the skills and training to help me do what I am doing today. After many years of working in the graphic design field, I have mastered basics like time management, working with others and honing my creative skills. I was happy in creative jobs, but ultimately not satisfied creating only for others. Leaving my job wasn’t easy but having the savings, connections, and professional skills made the transition easier.

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