Every show that I participate in or organize with my Collectif Créatif Etsy Montreal crew allows me to meet incredible souls whose creativity, story and raw talent inspires and humbles me. Interacting with members of this community both online and offline at events always leaves me feeling enriched and fortunate.
When Andrea from Andrea Shelley Designs invited me into her studio a couple of weeks ago to take some portrait and lifestyle photos of her and her new line of jewelry, I felt honored to see the behind-the-scenes of her creations. Between the shutter presses, we talked about the emotions and rituals associated with her jewelry, how she feels that creating and wearing special pieces can be an act of mindfulness to slow down and connect with a core part of oneself every day. We talked about family expectations, about losing and finding our artistic voice, and reconnecting with the joy of creating. I watched her work, in awe of the many different steps involved in designing and creating jewelry, and how different the process is from what I create.
Here are a few highlights from a wonderful morning in Andrea's studio!
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