TyniseNicole Jewelry & Things
Meet Nicole of TyniseNicole jewelry & things. This self-taught jewelry designer (and maker!) loves to fuse vintage pieces and cultural inspiration with her own little twist. Read about her work and inspiration and be sure to check her out at the market on Saturday!
1. Who are you, where are you from and what do you sell? How are you known at the market?
Hi! My name is Nicole and I’m the designer behind TyniseNicole jewelry & things. I’m originally from New Haven, CT, but have been living in the DC area for about 8 years now…I guess I’m here to stay at this point. I sell handcrafted one-of-a-kind and very limited edition jewelry and accessories.
I spend a lot of my time in thrift stores and like to repurpose old jewelry that I find into brand spanking new pieces. I’m pretty well known at the market for having bright, colorful and different pieces.
2. How did you get started in your business and what is your future vision?
I have always been a crafty person and really enjoy making things with my hands. I also love to accessorize, but I like to wear things that no one else has. So one day I watched a few youtube videos, did a few google searches and learned how to bead and create really simple wire earrings. I started wearing my jewelry out in public and began to get a lot of compliments on them. Then I started to think, “hey, if people like what I’m making, why not start making some off of it?!” So, I began selling my pieces in early 2010. It’s kind of funny because when I look back on a lot of things I made back then I can really see how much my style and techniques have evolved and often wonder what it was that people liked about that stuff?!?! Lol
I believe jewelry making is the perfect fit for me, because I’m all about self love and appreciating your beauty, and wearing some really cool and fun jewelry is a great way to enhance the beauty you’ve already got going on!
I would really love to open my own shop someday that carries my pieces and other local crafters/artists work. I also envision it being a space open to the handmade community and hold different workshops and artist talks for creatives.
3. Tell us why you do what you do. What is so special about your business?
I create because its so much a part of me. I feel like I’m neglecting a part of who I am if I’m not creating something. My business is special because I really like to infuse my love an appreciation for other world cultures into my work, while at the same time being able to put my own spin on the traditional.
4. What is your favorite thing about FSM?
I really love FSM because it’s not a place where crafters and artists just sell their work and go back home, but it’s a community of artists that can engage with each other and their customers on a much more personal level. We also have some pretty loyal customers—seeing familiar faces at the market really makes me smile
Be sure to stop by Nicole’s always vintage-inspired and colorful booth at the market this weekend! But until then, you can check out her website, follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook to stay in touch!