Jewelry artisan Jenny Steggles gets comfortable with being vulnerable as she launches her studio and shares her creativity with the world.
Describe your new project/venture
Jenny Raven Studio is the culmination of a lifetime of being obsessed with the moon and magic. I create jewelry using crystals, beads and charms that inspire me.
Why did you decide to launch the studio?
I'd been working in an office job for years and with no scope for creativity. I found that as my creative side dwindled my physical and mental health deteriorated and I ended up with severe anxiety and depression. I had always wanted to have my own business, selling something I had created myself but I let fear stop me. During my recovery I was creating pieces of jewelry for myself, using my knowledge of crystal healing. Those closest to me encouraged me to share my creations and I had such a positive response.
What was the pre-launch process like for you?
Nerve wracking! I had created about 50 items for the launch, I was filled with self doubt so had to check and double check each piece to make sure the quality was high. Luckily I have a great group of creative friends who helped with everything from taking product photos to marketing advice.
What scares you about this project/process?
I struggle with vulnerability. Each piece I create, especially in my Goddess range is very personal to me and I feel very vulnerable putting myself out into the world in such a public way.
What motivates you to keep going with it?
The people who love me, they are there for me to keep me going and remind me how far I've come just by getting the shop open.
How will you know it’s been a success?
Seeing people wearing my creations in the real world, I think that will beat any financial success!
If you could go back in time the beginning of this process and tell yourself something, a word or two of advice, what would it be?
Don't listen to that little voice in your head. You are good enough and your work has value.
Visit Jenny's Studio at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JennyRavenStudio