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Sewmantra Blog (SB): What is your art and how did you learn it?
Aya of Aya Designs (AAD): I make and sell beautiful jewelry. I'm self taught, after being in the fashion industry as a wholesaler for over 20 years I had decided to take a gamble, buy stones, crystals, pearls and supplies and spent a few months putting together my own "boutique" and then began to sell them at those same shows I'd worked for for years.
AAD: I suppose one of the most interesting things is that I'm always meeting new people, whether they be customers or fellow artisans. And I love some of the connections and long term friendships that have come from those meetings. Another interesting aspect is that it's not a repetitive or boring type "job". I set my own schedule and works as much (or as little) as I want.
SB: What circumstances led you to sell your art/creations online?
AAD: I had always made my own personal jewelry and would gift them to my friends and family. By doing so, I was always being asked if I would ever consider selling ... so with the help of my adult daughters (who are much more computer savvy than I'll ever be) I started selling via Artfire about 3 years ago. I'm so glad that I took that first step!
SB: If you could use only 5 words to describe your work, what would they be and why?
AAD: Beautiful, elegant, chic, quality and affordable.
SB: If you could be any gem or stone, what would you be and why?
AAD: Wow - that's a cool question. I've never thought about it before...but I suppose I'd have to say Turquoise because of its metaphysical and mystical properties but mostly because of how many beautiful varieties there are. It's such a versatile stone, you can dress it up or down and pair it with just about any other stone or pearl!
SB: Anything else interesting you'd like to share?
AAD: I am a military "brat". I was born in France to a French Mom and US Dad. I grew up in Turkey, Belgium, France and Saudi and only moved to the US when I was 20. My nomadic lifestyle helped mold my views and styles. I am fluent in French! :)
AAD: I'm on Artfire: www.ayadesigns.artfire.com I've created a 30% OFF SALE for your readers with coupon code: Sewmantra30 - be sure to use the coupon code at checkout!
Check out the fun activity and chatter on my facebook biz page: https://www.facebook.com/You can also find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/aya_
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