Make it beautiful and make it to last.
I’m a Technique Educator in the jewelry-making industry and I own ilovekumihimo.
I now specialize in creating surprisingly durable jewelry and I enjoy teaching my jewelry-making techniques. I believe this: if jewelry is beautiful enough you want to wear it every day, then it should be durable enough that you can.
Why is my business called ilovekumihimo? I discovered kumihimo after a car collision changed my body and my life. My injuries left me unable to make the delicate frameless glass pendants that were my signature design, so I searched for something new to learn. Something lightweight and portable. Kumihimo (pronounced coo-me-he-mō) is a Japanese form of braiding. The name alone intrigued me — I had never heard of it — but the beautiful braids and ancient origins of the technique fascinated me as well. And yes, kumihimo braids are quite durable.
When I realized kumihimo supplies weren’t readily available in my community, I transitioned my business from design to retail and instruction. Wow, that was a huge leap.
I now teach a variety of jewelry-making techniques at Parkland Community College. To find my courses, look in the Community Education 505 catalog. http://parkland.edu/communityed
I have a Master’s Degree in Education and over 15 years of jewelry-making experience. I am passionate about learning and teaching and I thrive on the challenges of developing durable jewelry-making techniques.
As a solopreneur, I’m still learning. I do my own photography, editing, blogging, marketing, accounting, ordering, stressing, etc. In my spare time, I still design jewelry. It’s all good.
Most of my designs are water resistant; many are waterproof. My durability testing is unique and quite thorough. Nothing I make will last forever, but I want my designs to be wearable for a very long time. If this philosophy resonates with you, I think you’ll enjoy this blog.
Shop for kumihimo and jewelry-making supplies at ilovekumihimo on Etsy.
Monica K Campbell, EdM