Today we’d like to introduce you to Hailey Siebold.
Hi Hailey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been making and crafting for as long as I can remember! I have always been drawn to making jewelry because I love wearing it – to express myself, my mood, and my personality. A few years ago, I took a sabbatical from social work and traveled the country in a van, rock climbing and exploring the states. I began creating again, but just simple pieces just for myself. Throughout my travels, people I met would ask about my jewelry, and so I started making small batches to sell out of my van. My work was and is inspired by stone and many months spent climbing in the desert. The colors and textures and soul of the desert resonated with a deep part of me – and although I am now settled back in Denver full time, I continue to draw inspiration from beautiful nature. I make simple, unique, and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Starting out making jewelry in my van was somewhat limiting due to space and access issues. Now that I’m in Denver, I rent space from a local studio to use their heavy-duty equipment and chemicals. I still have so much to learn about metal and silversmithing – but I am passionate about my work and creations. Learning new techniques is challenging but in the best way!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
For about eight years, I was a social worker with non-profits and government agencies. I worked in Ghana, Africa for four years with an organization called Mercy Project – our purpose was to eliminate child trafficking in the fishing industry of Lake Volta. After my contract ended, I began a career with child welfare – working with children and families in the foster care system. Although I loved my time spent as a social worker, my creative soul was longing for a change. I quit my job to take a personal sabbatical, traveling across the states, living out of a van, and searching for new passions and inspirations while rock climbing. I reconnected with my creative self and began making jewelry (although it was not totally new to me).
I was deeply inspired by my surroundings; the Utah desert and sandstone cliffs. My work is simple yet unique. All items I make are one-of-a-kind pieces. I use texture and lines to resemble rocks, natural stones, and different metals. As I’ve recently begun metalsmithing, my work is adapting and shifting. I imagine my work will always continue to change forms and shape and I am excited to see where jewelry takes me – and what undiscovered beauties have yet to inspire me and my work!
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
In some ways, I believe that what should be will come to you. As far as timing and inspiration, big and small, things seem to happen as they should and I’m continuing to work on trusting “the process”. Yet seeking out what you need can be so necessary. I’ve used social media to connect with women running local markets in Denver – and they usually have space for me to join or other resources to try. I’ve even messaged local jewelers for advice about specific issues and they are always happy to share what they know and encourage me along the way. I love meeting people and making connections at markets and events where I sell my jewelry. Oftentimes, one event has led to another. I am constantly engaging in conversation and asking questions about what/how/where other artists are doing things! People are always happy to share tips and give advice.
- Website: https://www.haileyreneedesign.com/
- Instagram: @haileyreneedesign
Hailey Siebold, Crystal Rush