Meet the Vendor: Sahlia Jewelry + Giveaway
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Sahlia! I make jewelry and art on many different levels. I’m an artist, a designer and a lover of nature. The jewelry I create is sustainable and modern and handmade in my studio.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
My partner and I have been working on a Sahlia Jewelry Home line that includes wall art with found costal wood, leather and naturally shed feathers.
What was your first memory of making something?
My mom was an art teacher, so as far back as I can remember I’ve been making things. My mom was pumping me full of art projects all my childhood. There was this wall of clay near where we lived on the Oregon Coast, and we’d get buckets of it and bring up to the beach and create entire landscapes full of villages, castles and people. I remember the feeling of: There is a city here that wasn’t before.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I really enjoy having a direct connection with customers and getting that on-the-spot personal feedback. It is fun for me to promote the line in a way that’s outside the studio and be creative in different ways beyond making jewelry. I spend so much time in my Portland studio designing and creating jewelry, that to get together with my team and concept the booth and orient the line for each show is really rewarding.
How did you get started in your business?
I have always loved fashion, and I made that my focus in my fine arts and business studies at the University of Oregon. After graduation I worked as a design assistant at a leather goods company and had the incredible opportunity to start their women’s line. The fashion world seemed so intimidating, but after working there I realized there are so many ways to approach fashion. I found my passion in accessories–less driven by season and gives me the freedom to spend energy on tiny details. To me, details are everything. Jewelry just makes sense to me.
Is this a full-time business for you?
I think I live in my studio 😉
Who’s your biggest fan?
Shams and Goby.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My favorite piece rain or shine, day after day is the long Molten Moon necklace. It’s my love.
Saturn’s Ring Necklace by Sahlia Jewelry Design
To enter this drawing, tell us about your favorite piece of jewelry in the comments below by December 3rd. Be sure to include your first name and email address so we can let our winners know where to pick up prizes at the UCU Winter Show.