I was born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia to a set of parents who were supportive of my interests and hobbies; my artistic ability was nurtured and flourished. I’ve been creating and selling my handmade jewelry to my schoolmates since junior high up to college, on and off, to earn some pocket money. From simple paracord adjustable bracelets to beaded necklace, twisted steel wire crystal necklaces and tiaras. I just loved jewelry as much as making them! Everything I did was learned from books. Internet wasn’t a thing back then.
I’ve always wanted to stand out instead of being a blur in the background. True to my personality, my interest in wire wrapped jewelry was piqued when my American boyfriend showed me a wire wrapped jewelry at deviantArt. I’d never seen such an art form before so I investigated further. Aware of my interest, he brought me several spools of colorful craft wire when he came to visit. I bought a few wire wrapping tutorials to get me started and I was unstoppable.
After four years of a long distance relationship, in 2010 I officially emigrated to IL, USA, to marry the love of my life. Moving half the world away wasn’t so hard for me despite being away from friends and family. I immediately felt at home just being so immersed in American pop culture as a kid; from music to art, TV shows to Hollywood movies. I grew up listening to Britney Spears, N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and many more. I was a 90’s kid through and through.
Before getting into jewelry business, I worked as a freelance graphic designer and accepting digital painting commissions. Doing commissioned works just feels natural for me. I’m a problem solver who loves a good challenge and I love making other people happy with my artwork.
Moving to the US has proven to be good for me and my jewelry business. The tools and materials that I need are easily obtained here. My skill sets have grown exponentially ever since. In addition to jewelry, I’m also a backyard photographer. I love taking photos of flowers and little bugs with my macro lens when it’s warmer outside and use them as my inspiration.