Tell me a little about yourself…
My name is Shuntu (pronounced “Shun + Two”), and I make handmade accessories that I personally design for my online shop, Sakie J designs.
How’d you get started, or what prompted you to begin crafting in your genre?
During my senior year in college (at the University of Arkansas), I started to worry about what I would do after graduating. I kept praying about it, and felt that God was leading me in the direction of making jewelry. I learned about Etsy and thought it would be a good outlet for me.
Where can we check out and buy your work?
- My shop’s site is www.sakiejdesigns.etsy.com.
- I also have a Facebook page where you can like my page to get exclusive coupons: www.facebook.com/sakiejdesigns.
- I have different boards on Pinterest as well: www.pinterest.com/sakiejdesigns.
What do you think sets you apart from other artists or crafters?
Something that sets me apart as an artist is how I put certain jewelry components together in a way that no one else has. It may take a while to get a certain idea going, but in the end, I’m happy with my unique items.
What do you get out of being an artist or crafter?
It’s really fun to make something with my hands. I like how when I finish something, I get to stand back and admire it just a little.
Where do you get your inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from what I already have in my “jewelry stash.” If I bought something already, like if I have leftovers of a certain type of bead, I try to think of various ways I can use it. I also look on websites that sell jewelry components; I test my ideas out by drawing them with the different types of chain or beads I see. The ideas I have typically end up in my jewelry sketchbook (or random pieces of paper I have lying around)… a lot of my ideas don’t make the final cut, though.
What do others seem to love about your crafts?
A lot of people tell me they like how unique my items are. It’s nice to know that people see them that way.
What is your advice to fellow crafters and artists?
If you would like to do or make something, don’t give up or think that it’s a waste of time. You have your talent for a reason, so don’t let anyone (or YOURSELF) tell you otherwise.
If you are getting tired of making a certain type of thing, take a break for a while. You could make something using a different medium (if you paint, you could try sewing). You can always pick up your old hobby again, but I think taking a break when you need it is a good thing.
How would you describe your style, or form of artistry?
My style is pretty much a rustic, bohemian, tribal, earthy mix.
Do you have any future plans for your artwork or crafts?
I’d like to do a craft show some day. It’s something I’ve never done before so it would be a great experience.
How long have you been an artist or crafter? When did you first discover your artistic ability?
I think about the picture I drew in 5th grade fairly often. I don’t remember what I was doing in the picture exactly, but that’s about the time I realized I like to draw. After that, I noticed I liked to draw my own characters; I would make them out of different things like felt or clay. I may not have been really good at everything I had done, but I like to remember how creative I was when I was younger.