Justyna Jastrzebska has created a blog called JewelryClassroom, where she shows you many of her unique a gorgeous techniques for making stunning jewelry! You definitely are going to want to visit her and see all that she’s up to! Here is a link to one of her jewelry making videos to get you started.
If I could pick one word to describe my most burning passion, it would be individuality.
Growing up in Poland played a monumental role in this. Poland in the 80’s – yes, you can try guessing my age – was all about conformity. You’d find more or less the same goods in every shop. Everyone looked the same. Everyone acted the same. In fact in the town I grew up in, any attempt at making yourself stand out from the crowd was met with mockery and disapproving looks.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not trying to bash my homeland. I love the people, culture, food and environment I grew up in, yet I always found myself wanting something more.
I wanted to find myself. Not the person people expected me to be, but the person I was meant to be. I wanted to live my way, express myself my way, and carve my own mark on the world.
So as soon as I finished my marketing studies in Poland, I set out to experience life in different European countries.
It was a huge eye-opener to me.
I furthered my studies and worked in the Czech Republic, Scotland, England and Ireland – all of which were the polar opposite of Poland. I met fascinating people from dozens of different countries, each with their own sense of style, philosophy and individuality.
It was during this time that my passion for art flourished. I had always been a creatively inclined person, learning to paint, draw and dance barely after I had learned to walk–but my experience with all these lush cultures and people led to a deep interest in impressionist art, exotic dancing, and yes, you guessed it, jewelry making.
By far, jewelry making was (and still is) my greatest passion. I make it a point to get to know the culture and tradition of every country I visit to use as inspiration for my jewelry designs. I spend hours at every art gallery in every town I step foot in, looking for clues for my next masterpiece. I seek out local jewelry makers, and soak up every ounce of wisdom they’re willing to share.
I am completely and utterly in love with the vast possibilities offered by jewelry making. The countless ways in which you can express yourself, challenge your creativity and find yourself in the process – all this has fulfilled my desire to be different, to be unique, to stand out from the crowd.
I haven’t stopped traveling. I’m now living in Malaysia, soaking up as much Southeast Asian inspiration as possible before I jet off on my next adventure. And thanks to this website, no matter where I am in the world, I’ll still be able to show you – and as many others as possible – one of the most rewarding ways I know of to unleash the creativity, uniqueness and individuality that lies within each and every one of us.
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