FEATURED ARTIST: Kimone Young

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Tell me a little about yourself…

My name is Kimone Young.  I’m a Libra and jewelry designer from Brooklyn, NY.  All of my jewelry is handmade.  I create statement pieces using gemstones, beads, chains and some leather.

How’d you get started, or what prompted you to begin crafting in your genre?

I’m 100% self-taught.  I don’t have any former training or education in jewelry.  My craft began simply from my love of accessories.  I always enjoyed taking an outfit to the next level by adding unique statement pieces.  When I went to a jewelry supply store for the first time, everything just clicked for me.  The creativity was there, I just needed to understand how to put things together.  So I read several books, asked a lot of questions and just figured out everything else as I went along.  Once I knew that this was something I wanted to pursue completely, I looked into jewelry companies that were hiring so that I could get more hands on experience.

How long have you been an artist/crafter? When did you first discover your artistic/crafter ability?

I’ve been designing and creating for about 3 years, but I discovered my ability to create and be creative about 5 years ago.  I just needed to take that first step.

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Where can we check out and buy your work?

I’m on Etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/84gem   

I also have my own webpage: http://www.84gem.com/

My social media pages are as follows:

www.facebook.com/84gem 

www.instagram.com/84gem

www.twitter.com/84_gem

www.pinterest.com/84gem

www.tumblr.com/84gem

What do you think sets you apart from other artists and crafters?

All of my jewelry is made by me.  I have no help or a production team.  Every part of my brand from conception to packaging is all done by me besides the help of a professional photographer at times.  There are even times when I photograph my jewelry on my own.

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What do you get out of being an artist/crafter?

Everyone needs a creative outlet.  My jewelry provides me with just that.  It allows me to escape from the everyday and just focus on something I love.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired by various cultures around the world.  I love to see the clothing adorned by groups in Asia and in Africa.  I get inspired by the colors and the patterns found in their fabrics.  I love seeing them wear layers upon layers of beads and jewelry.

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What do others seem to love about your crafts/art, as far as feedback you have gotten?

What I hear the most from people is that my pieces are very unique.  They are definitely pieces that you won’t find just anywhere.  I think people like the idea of having something different from others.

What is your advice to fellow crafters and artists?

My advice would be to remain consistent and always do what you believe in.  If you don’t believe in your work, why should anyone else.

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How would you describe your style, or form of artistry?

My designs are African inspired.  It’s a modern/contemporary take on ethnic jewelry.

Do you have any future plans for your artwork or crafts?

My plan for 84Gem is to become international.  I’m so inspired by other cultures and countries; it would be amazing to be recognized internationally.

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