I am an independent freelance jewelry designer and I hold a Bachelors degree for fashion design and fashion merchandising. After graduating from design school I worked for several years as a wardrobe and styling assistant for a touring fashion show where I traveled across the country assisting in weekly shows. While on the road I started experimenting with other elements of fashion design and discovered a knack for creating jewelry that the public soon began taking an interest in. I then decided to focus on jewelry making and settle back down in my hometown of Chicago. I kept myself busy by splitting my time between freelance designing, and working part-time at a jewelry design boutique located in downtown Chicago. I also began taking a few classes to learn more about various jewelry making techniques - some of which I included in my designs. My handmade jewelry is created from a variety of materials including semi precious stones, beads, wood, metals, recycled materials, chain and whatever else I find interesting to create with. I like to experiment and so I don't really limit myself when it comes to my style. My pieces range from subtle and clean to bolder and edgier designs. I am inspired by many things including (old and new) fashion, movies, music, magazines, and art. I also often find inspiration when I am searching for materials. I currently sell my designs in my etsy shop which is www.jazjewelz.etsy.com . I also vend at local craft shows, fairs, and other events. More samples of my work can also be viewed on facebook (facebook.com/jazjewelz).