A native of Singapore, Michelle creates unique and charming handmade jewelry. I hope you enjoy her interview!
You can find Jewel Parlour on Etsy.
1.Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Michelle Long, I live in Singapore which is not part of China, but a little red dot island south of Malaysia in South East Asia and we have summer all year round. I’m a SAHM to a little talkative pre-schooling girl and spend whatever free time I have (when the girlie is in school or sleeping) ignoring household chores and making jewellery instead, and if I’m bored with that I crochet.
2. How did you get started with your craft?
My crafting journey started simply as a hope of making some income from home, because I’ve read so much about stay at home women running a successful handicraft business, so decided I would try that too. And around the time I decided that I happened to pass by a local bead store, got myself a set of tools, some beads, some books, and that’s how it all got started.
3. When did Jewel Parlour launch?
An American friend visited me and introduced me to Etsy, and in April 2006 I signed up and started Jewel Parlour.
4. What inspires you to create?
I love colour, and spend much time playing with my collection of colourful stones and beads, mixing and matching them in different colour concoctions to see what I can come up with. I also love to tell stories or represent ideas with little trinkets and charms. Woodland themes, romances and fairy tales also get my creative juices flowing.
5. How many hours a day are you able to spend on your craft?
That varies, sometimes 4-5 hours when my girl has longer days in school, sometimes 2-3 hours, or none at all!
6. Are there any other forms of arts/crafts you would like to try in the future?
Well I know crochet too, but not knitting, and I’ve already gotten myself a set of knitting tools and books but have yet to get down to it. I’m also toying with the idea of learning to sew because I’m so attracted to Japanese zakka and fabric, so maybe…….
7. Care to share some short or long term goals with us?
Hmm…I must confess I’m really not the goal setting type, but in the short and long run, I would really love to continue with my craft, so having a good revenue flow from it will definitely be good for my ego, morale and pocket!
8. Is your craft a hobby, a business or both?
9. How many venues do you currently sell at? (online, galleries, craft shows, etc)I have a shop on Etsy, another one on Dawanda (which I’m still trying to stock up), and I am a regular at a monthly local art fair called Market for Artists And Designers (MAAD).