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Artist Spotlight: Little Bridget Jewelry

Artist Spotlight: Little Bridget Jewelry

Karen Tyler Boelts started Little Bridget Jewelry in 1999. After making a necklace and selling it to a neighbor within hours she headed back to the jewelry supply store to get more beads. This was the beginning of a craft that quickly turned into a passion. Karen has refined her skills by taking many different classes and learning about different mediums. Her favorite is wax carving and PMC. She designs from the heart and is deeply motivated by the need for change both social and personal. You will see this reflected in her work. Little Bridget Jewelry donated 5% of profits to organizations that support equality.

Describe Your Work

All of my jewelry is made out of Sterling Silver, gold filled gold and semi-precious gemstones. The style is sophisticated, hip with a hint of BOHO. I studied graphic design and got a degree in fine arts, this is reflected in my work.

How did you get started in the crafts business?

I have always been an artist. I got started in jewelry by making one necklace and getting hooked.

How long have you been wholesaling?

5 years.

What percentage of your business is Wholesale? Retail? Commission, etc.?

80% of my business is wholesale and 20% retail.

What are your top 3 marketing methods for reaching new buyers?

Social Media, trade shows and old fashioned sales calls.

How has IndieMe helped your business?

IndieMe has connected me with stores I would not have been able to reach.

What advice do you have for new craft artists?

Have faith in yourself and your work. There is a lot of competition out there are there are a lot of buyers looking for beautiful hand crafted items. Stay clear of the nay-sayers, keep a positive attitude and don't be afraid to market yourself.

What advice do you have for new craft galleries?

Be open to new artists and ideas.

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