Andrea Stevens, of Redford, MI, is the talented gal behind Andie Stevens Designs and Words for Wear, personalized hand stamped jewelry and artisan crafts using only the highest quality materials in making customized pieces, including sterling silver, gold filled metal, copper, and antique brass among others.Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started?
I guess you could say I was "born into it". My grandpa, who passed away at the age of 96, was a master violin maker as well as a genius tool and die maker. He could seriously make anything. Violins, guitars, engines, harps, you name it, he could probably make it in his little garage workshop. My mom is a porcelain doll maker who has pioneered an untold number of techniques in the field of dollmaking and antique porcelain repair. In fact, she just recently received her SECOND lifetime achievement award! My dad was also very artistic and could draw pretty much anything. He took a class while I was a little girl on lost wax casting and I still have that ring today. Funny how the seeds are planted so young!What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
I was a new mom, staying home with my kids after having a career in the beauty business for over 15 years. I had started making beaded jewelry while I was still working, and I enjoyed the extra money I made from selling it. I thought it might be something I could do after having a family. By the time I was home with kids, I started noticing other mother’s personalized jewelry and I decided I wanted to do that instead of beaded jewelry. I started researching and I made my initial investment with a small handful of tools. I was hooked immediately! I loved the feeling of creating something that could become a cherished and meaningful piece of jewelry.What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
I love spending time with my husband and 3 kids. My family is my reason for my business and they mean everything to me. I also love to read, cook, and scrapbook. Really, anything crafty.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I distinctly remember when I was 10, I had a very vivid dream about flying. I became obsessed with becoming a pilot! I wrote a letter to a local small airport and asked what I needed to do to get a pilot’s license. Someone contacted me back and told me about flying lessons and offered to have me come
visit the airport. Unfortunately, flying lessons were out of our budget for our family, so I had to let that one go , but it taught me a valuable lesson about how to go about following my dreams.What do you most love about the creative process?
I love having an idea pop into my head and the ability to just go into my studio right away and create it right then and there! That is a huge benefit of having a home studio. I love the rush I get from new ideas!
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
My items have been worn by members of the Darius Rucker band, specifically Quinton Gibson, the lead guitarist. It’s one of his favorite necklaces! I’ve seen him wear it on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America among many other appearances. As a member of The Artisan Group, I’ve had the opportunity to gift my items to celebrity gift lounges at the Emmy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, several Consumer Product events, as well as the following TV shows: The Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, The Fosters and The Voice. What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
I think the fact that you can personalize my pieces to say whatever you would like. I also really enjoy working with mixed metals and getting a rustic look and feel to many of my pieces. You can find lots of Andrea's pretty personalized jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Andrea all this week!
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