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289: How to Start a Jewelry Business - How To Quit Working
289: How to Start a Jewelry Business

289: How to Start a Jewelry Business

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If you’ve ever wanted to take a creative passion you have and make money doing it, listen to this interview with Vanessa Walilko, creator of Kali Butterfly, a jewelry business. Vanessa explains how she did it and how you can too on this episode of the How to Quit Working Show.

About Vanessa:

Vanessa Walilko is an international award-winning jewelry and wearable art designer.  Her work has been featured in magazines in the US, UK, and Australia, including Metalsmith Magazine, Step by Step Wire, Bead&Button, Where Magazine, Highlights, and Wirework.  She has exhibited her wearable art pieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art.  Vanessa has exhibited her jewelry designs at art fairs around the country, including the Plaza Art Fair, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art show, Art Fair on the Square, and the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.Vanessa was personally commissioned to make the chainmail costume pieces featured in the Broadway production of Pippin, as well as in the Pippin touring company.  Vanessa also lead one of the teams that made the chainmail for Lancelot in Night at the Museum 3.  She’s also done several clothing commissions for private collectors.Vanessa’s work is focused on creating bold statement pieces in eye-catching colors that are also easy to wear.  She works in anodized aluminum so that her designs have fullness without the weight of more traditional metal jewelry.  Her work features crisp lines and a variety of styles that make it easy to pair with any ensemble.

Vanessa has also been teaching chainmail jewelry classes for over 8 years.  She’s taught hundreds of students around the US and in Canada the joy of creating jewelry with their own hands.  She released her first book, Chain Mail + Color in March of this year.  The book features 20 pieces inspired by her production jewelry line, and the projects all incorporate anodized aluminum components.

Six years ago, Vanessa quit her job and devoted her life to doing the thing she loves most: making jewelry.  And she’s delighted that thousands of her pieces exist in the hands of customers around the world.

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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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