Stacy Eden, designer of Clutch Jewelry and I met for the first time at the Phoenix Fashion Week seminars where we exchanged information and talked briefly. A week later, we were sitting in Wildflower Bread Company enjoying lunch and talking about her jewelry collection. Before Eden became a jewelry designer, she was first in school studying to become a lawyer. She knew deep in her heart that it was not what she was meant to do. She then switched majors to English. “I was thinking, okay, this could work, I’ve always wanted to travel and I can also teach” Eden said about switching to English. But when Eden really started to think about it more, she really did not want to study and major in English either. She decided she really needs to find her passion and what she really loves to do, so she decided to read a couple of books on finding your passion. All the books she read told her to choose what she loved when she was little. “That was simple, I love art a lot! So I signed up for one art class a semester.”
Eden knew from the very first art class she went into that she fell in love with craft, and knew it was important that she stick with it in some form or another. Soon after starting art classes, she learned there was a class about how to make jewelry. That immediately got her attention and she signed up. It took her a while to get in, since it is very advanced and hard to get accepted into, but her last semester of school she was accepted. As soon as she started the class, she knew this was the kind of art she would be creating forever. She fell in love with everything about it, from heating the sheet metal and banging on it with hammers to form the design she was desired. Once that semester was up, Eden still had two credits to earn to graduate the class. She did not want to sign up for more semesters, so she went to Costa Rica to earn the last two credits. The culture and the people really inspired her in not only her jewelry line but also her personal life. Eden really started noticing things surrounding her and it really changed the way she looked at things in everyday life.
Eden has such incredible talent, patience and dedication for her designs she creates. Each piece takes at least 100 hours to create the original design. Once she has the original done, she can mold replicas in wax and create limited amounts of the same design in a lot less time. Eden right now designs rings, bracelets and necklaces. The bracelets and necklaces are charms with leather bands. Once she is more of an established designer, she will start creating a lot more designs, such as cuffs. She has created her metal jewelry to age well and to last for a lifetime and to be passed down to generations.Eden just a few weeks ago was in Austin, Texas for the Southern Lights Music Festival with Lupe Fiasco, Bun B, Trae the Truth, Paul Wall, RJD2, Roosh, Milkman, Hosted by Adam Rapp from SportsRapp Live along with Ali and Phife Dawg from the tribe Quest, she was very excited to be heading out there and see her jewelry worn. Stacy Eden is one to really keep your eye out for in the future.
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