Applying to be a featured Brand

November 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

As promised, five more products for Cyber Monday on and Etsy. Fifteen more to go until Christmas. Between now and then, there is the End of Prohibition Party to prepare for. I’ve got some new hair adornments in development.

In other news, I’m applying to get on StorEnvy’s featured brands list. It feels a bit like the college essays, but with less existential crisis so I’m able to have fun with it. I’m turning it into a mock interview. They’ve also asked for some pictures of my brand (workspace, projects– you know, stuff that’s part of my “story”). Might change the pictures around, and find some more professional ones. Please enjoy my mock interview!

Maker Spotlight by Cat Edward of SLO Business Times

I got to sit down with one-woman-show Maggie Przybylski of on a moody day in November to get to know her and her creative drive. We sat down in a coffee shop while the sky alternated between showers and sun. She has two vintage rings that belonged to her great grandmother on her left ring finger, a watch with rectangular face and kitty background on her left wrist, a hand beaded necklace and matching earrings and a simple string with Maori bone carving.

Me: How did you get involved making jewelry?

Maggie: I got a few kits before my teens, and I used to make macrame friendship bracelets in grade school. Really, seriously I got into jewelry while in college. I got a job as a gift shop clerk at the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. In addition to the normal retail, I was asked to dust/sweep/clean fingerprints off glass in the museum, respond to 4th grade mission project mail, and make rosaries. I’m not even Catholic, but I got really good at rosaries and what patron saint metal you should buy to sell your house or find your car keys.

Me: How long have you been making jewelry? When did you have the job at the Mission?

Maggie: Well, I wouldn’t count the mission days. I’d count when my then partner, now wife, wanted to build a website. She saw I was skilled making the rosary beads and encouraged me to take it further. That was 2005, after I graduated college. I’ve been developing my style ever since, collecting new techniques and practicing them. I made all the products, took and edited all the pictures while Mrs. MaggieMakesIt kept the website code up to date until the software developers abandoned that store platform. That is how she found StorEnvy and here I am.

Me: What was your first tool?

Maggie: Of course, rosary pliers. They have the needle nose and also a cutting tool. I love the two-in-one tool. I take them with me everywhere in case I, or anyone, has a jump ring stretch and their jewelry fall off. Then I can give it a fix right away.

Me: That is so handy. I fell like I should buy some pliers now. What other tools do you have?

Maggie: I have a metal punch, a mallet, a ball peen hammer, a tiny anvil, and a metal square to bang on. Uh, five sets of different types of pliers. Needles, soldering torch, rulers, glues, shears, clamps… Um… I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things.

Me: That is quite a list. Tell me what inspires you.

Maggie: Oh, how much time do we have?

Me: Uh…

Maggie: Well, I’ll try give you the summary. I love museums. Those pioneers of art continue to inspire shapes and colors. I especially love the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, because one of my favorite childhood memories is of going to see the Oakland Ballet with my mum and dad at the Paramount Theater. The Egyptian motifs there got me obsessed with antiquity, and ancient Egyptian art in particular. [She reflexively pulls on her earrings, a scarab with hand beaded bird wings).

I have crafty friends that show me what their working on, too, and I like to riff off some of their ideas. For example, I have a friend that sews all his own bow ties and makes them reversible, more versatile, and now I absolutely want to bead a few bow ties. I should put bolo ties on my list as well.

Oh, and vintage! I love fashion especially from the 1910s to 1950s, so I make things that fit those time periods, as well. It’s also fun to see how later those motifs get incorporated back into current fashion.

Me: Do you have a favorite technique?

Maggie: I am in love with all the stitches you can do with seed beads. I have seen and aspire to make the most elaborate and beautiful things, like Jamie Cloud Eakin and Melanie Potter. Of course, those are things you can pretty much just wear a black dress with, and that’s all you need– your whole wardrobe could be one black dress–okay, two black dresses, so you have something to wear when the other is in the wash.

Me: Haha! Very practical.

Maggie: Yes. But I also sew dresses, and design costumes ( I love Halloween), so there is also a place for more reserved items, really simple one string beaded type things. I’ve tried Kumihimo, and can’t wait to get back to it. Wire wrapping is great for making filigree. I must have spent an entire week making nail enamel flowers. Soutache braid is next on my list to try.

Me: What is the biggest project you’ve ever done?

Maggie: Hmm. The biggest or one that took the longest?

Me: Why don’t you tell me both?

Maggie: Okay. I’d say my two biggest sewing projects were the canvas cover to complete our geodesic dome/Burning Man house, and my late-Victorian-era dress, complete with bustle. For jewelry, I have three biggies. I made a very elaborate mask for Mardi Gras one year. A beautiful appliqué or headband thing inspired by the motif of the Fremont Theater marquee. I also did an Egyptian style bead net dress like one I saw in a museum, I think LACMA, the King Tut exhibit when it passed through. I think that one took me the longest.

Me: Well, Maggie, I want to thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. I look forward to seeing your new creations.

Maggie: Thank you so much for this opportunity. It’s been my pleasure.

Disclaimer: Cat Edwards is a nom de plume, and SLO Business Times is a fictional publication.


Entry filed under: Handmade Jewelry, News.

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