Teresa is the artists behind the beautiful jewelry of 321 Simple Creations. 321 Simple Creations focuses on simple and meaningful jewelry for everyday wear created from sterling silver with accents or focal points of natural gemstones. Teresa's business began with the goal of enjoying the flexibility of at-home employment for her youngest daughter, Ella. Ella was born with Down Syndrome which is a genetic condition resulting in 3 copies of the 21st chromosome instead of 2. 321 Simple Creations was named with inspiration from Ella’s unique condition. Ella frequently reminds Teresa that the simple things in life can create the most joy and meaning. Teresa tries to maintain simplicity in her jewelry, therefore, creating an affordable product for most, for everyday wear.
Why did you choose to partner with Yellow Door to sell your artwork?
Yellow Door offered a comfortable, creative, relaxed atmosphere to display my art in a local venue.
How long have you been creating your artwork?
I starting stamping metal 6 years ago. 4 years ago, I advanced to metal-smithing at a local school. I now study online, take 2-3 classes per year and read a ton.
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
My jewelry is clean in design, simple and every day with a personalized touch. A name, word, inspirational quote, etc.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
I have 3 children which are very active in sports. I enjoy watching them be successful in their endeavors. We spend most of our weeknights and weekends at sporting events and playing with the kids in the yard.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Most recently, I have been enjoying artists that know how to combine and utilize color in their work. Not just jewelry artists but impressionist painting as an inspiration. I would like to start incorporating more color into my designs as focal points.
What are some of your favorite reads?
Art Jewelry Magazine because it features current artists in the industry. Not only does it on design, but processes for learning and new tools for the industry invented by fellow artisans.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I always wanted a career in healthcare. I am a physical therapist. Although physical therapy is my profession, I have always spent hours crafting, sewing, building anything, etc. As life changed and I required more flexibility, I decided to turn my hobbies into a second career. I now spend more time in the studio and less time in the clinical setting.
What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
I started making meaningful stamped jewelry for myself, family and friends. Through word of mouth, my hobby grew into a business. I started with home parties, then settled into online sales and art fairs. My main online niche is personalized wedding party gifts, although locally my business is custom made sterling silver necklaces, rings and bracelets.
Quotes you love or live by:
"Promise me you'll always remember ~ you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" - Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
Charities you support:
My 3rd daughter has down syndrome, therefore we try to support our local groups that provide education and activities for our families. Most recently, Metro-Detroit is welcoming an educational center for kids with Down Syndrome, called GiGi’s Playhouse.
Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan
Families Exploring Down Syndrome of Macomb
Your favorite places to frequent around Detroit:
I enjoy more of our local artisan markets and fairs. My daughters and I visit exhibits in our local area and when were are on vacation. Arts and Apples Art Fair in Rochester is one of my favorites.
You can find lots of Teresa's lovely jewelry at Yellow Door and online.