You’re welcome – it’s people like you that make this site worthwhile!
We’re thankful that you’ve chosen to make these beautiful crafts while putting your dream job of becoming a mahout (an elephant care-taker/trainer) on temporary hold. Maybe you can figure out a way to incorporate arts and crafts into the training sessions??
I was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic.
If I had a time machine, I would go back to experience the 1920's in Europe and 1960's in San Francisco.
I sponsor a little girl named Aua through Plan USA.
I donate and participate with the World Food Programme. http://www.wfp.org
My favorite photo exhibit is the Kodak Worldpress Photo travel exhibit.
Elephants have been my obsession & love since I can remember. The most amazing place I have traveled was Chiang Mai in Thailand. I visited and elephant sanctuary park that is run by a Thai woman that saves tortured and hurt elephants and provides them with a save place to live. My dream job for my next life is to be a mahout - an elephant care-taker/trainer, but I would never use the sharp hook. It is possible to lead an elephant just using your voice.
My favorite movie is Stranger then Fiction.
It is my dream to become a full time jewelry designer. I love that people want to wear my jewelry and that it makes them feel pretty.
What got you started crafting?
Crafting has always been part of my life. I took drawing lessons, painting lessons, I did some sculpting when I was little. My parents were very supportive and understanding in all my crafting adventures. My grandma taught me how to knit and sew. My mom would saw outfits for my dolls with me when I was sick and had to stay in bed. I would make boxes out of cut out magazine pictures that I collected. I made t-shirt with hand-drawn designs when I was 15 as well as designed silk scarves for my mom. I love making things with my hands. I get that from my dad who is an amazing artist who builds vintage cars from wood and metal.
What is your source of inspiration?
Sometimes I feel that I have so much creativity and so many ideas trapped inside my head that I sometimes can't function until it all gets out.
I think of shapes and colors and textures and how it would all work together pretty much all the time. I look mainly to nature for shapes and colors. I like earthy tones and nature-inspired materials and textures.
What have you made recently?
My favorite piece that I have made in the last couple of weeks is the necklace that I have submitted as picture#2 above.
I love the idea of a wooden chain. Wooden chain is very special and you don't see it very often. It is a statement piece. It's big and bold and fun. It's made for a woman who is sure about herself and her sense of style. The gray color lends it more urban feel, which allows for the blend of earthy and urban, which is my signature style.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I have my Etsy shop:
I also participate in local shopping events like Appel & Frank etc.
I'm currently in the process of getting my jewelry into local brick&mortar stores like Therapy SF and RAG.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade is special. It is not one of million pieces made in a factory. A person has made it, put it together, touched it and I get to wear it.
When it arrives it already has a life and soul and now it came to live with me in my home, and that makes me feel special.