Meet Carly Szajnecki of Dearborn, MI. Carly has been making jewelry for about 11 years. She started Harper North Designs, which is a mixture of minimalist gemstone & metal charm layering/stacking jewelry, using basic metal stamping techniques and engraving, leather hand stitched bohemian wraps and druzy stones which paired together brings a trendy style and stones from the earth for a look you can wear day or night.How long have you been creating your art work? About 11 years.
What makes your art work unique or distinctive? My most distinct work is my hand stitched leather wraps. I am very picky with my choice of supplies I use and I carefully select the stones I incorporate in these bracelets. The triple wraps are unique because I rarely make the same one twice. These layered wraps take me a long time to create and each of them stand out as their own. A piece of me goes with each sale because they spend a lot of time with me before we part ways.What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up? I remember drawing a picture when I was young and it said “when I grow up I want to be a ballet teacher”. Dance was a huge part of my life at the time. When I was a teenager I remember wanting to learn to blow glass and open a shop. Then in my early 20’s it was opening a clothing and jewelry shop based on the styles of myself and my three sisters. What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business? A lot of my inspiration comes from my sisters. We all have such different styles and I think about all of us when I’m creating a new piece. Between all 4 of us we have a huge mixture of style and color which you can see in my wide variety of designs! I turned it into a business slowly. I started taking orders from friends and family and being a part of some local shows and it went from there.What do you most love about the creative process? The way I feel when ideas just keep coming and things just start to naturally come together! What do you enjoy doing besides making art? Spending time with my son Leighton, he is 5 years old. He loves to build so we spend a lot of time with legos. I love to upcycle and pick old items and turn them into something new (I will pull my car over and grab things off the curb), spending time with my sisters and my mom are a must! Being around them keeps me going! I also enjoy yoga and cooking...I love to cook! Pinterest...when I'm supposed to be sleeping I'm under my covers scrolling DIY everything to a point that borders obsession. My latest is learning to build a storage bed for my son!
Quotes you love or live by: I live by this quote...“Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.”
You can find lots of Carly's gorgeous jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Julie all this week!
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