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I'm a green couture jewelry & accessories designer, as well as a photo stylist & freelance art/creative director. As a designer, I am committed to environmentally responsible business and design practices and operate a green studio at home. I do hair/makeup artistry, professional retouching and graphic design work on the side as time permits, often in connection with my jewelry designs or other professional styling work. Jewelry & accessories design is my primary focus professionally.
I'm also a writer, blogger and columnist, as well as a semi-retired commercial & beauty model. A friend once called me a "jewel of all trades, master of whatever is convenient at the moment." It apparently stuck, as I am at my best when working creatively. It's what keeps me going.
You can view a portfolio of my work and learn more about my designs on the
Acailawen Designs website.
I've been a semi-professional hobbiest since 2005. I began pursuing jewelry & accessories design as a full-time professional in late 2008.
I have been working professionally as a photo stylist (prop/set, tabletop, fashion & some food) for the past 18 years. My background includes advertising, catalog, artistic and editorial print.
I've done side work in hair/makeup artistry since 2005. I have done much of the hair and makeup work shown in my jewelry design portfolio.
Recent articles from my column in the GreenWise Department of Handmade News
- Sustainable Business: It's More Than Being Green
Discover what it means to truly be a sustainable business.
- Packaging & Shipping Decisions
Learn how to make environmentally responsible packaging & shipping decisions to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Write a Green Marketing Plan to Grow Your Eco-Friendly Business
Market your environmentally friendly business effectively, setting yourself apart from those that use the the term "green" as just another catch phrase.
- Going Green: The Importance of Fair Trade Materials
Discover the importance of using fair trade materials in your work, as well as the challenges that we designers and artisans face when trying to obtain materials that are ethically sourced and fairly traded.
- Going Green: Eco-Friendly Design for the Jewelry Artisan
Learn how to make your studio greener with easy-to-implement, environmentally responsible business and design practices.
If you find the articles interesting and/or helpful, please be sure to give them a thumbs up, as it helps me to know which of my articles are the most popular with my readers.