hi everyone! please welcome kim from from sycamore sticks jewelry to the savvy summer interview series!
tell us a little about yourself, what do you create and how you got started?
My name is Kim Brown and my shop, Sycamore Sticks is where I sell carefully handcrafted jewelry. I live in Arlington, Texas with the 2 chief bead counters in the picture. I have always had a “thing” for pretty colored rocks and beads. About 5 years ago I took a beadmaking class with a friend and I started creating things for myself and as gifts. I started working with glass beads and have moved on to gemstones. I love the colors and shapes and never get tired of creating. I have an Etsy shop and do a few craft shows every year in the fall.
what first made you want to become an artist?
I have never considered myself an artist. My sister is the artist in my family. I just make things that I think are pretty and for the most part, other people like them as well.
apart from creating things, what do you do?
My degree is actually in Biology and science is my real job. I supervise the Chemistry Lab in a wonderful Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth. It is rewarding to me to be a part of a good outcome for a child’s family. Going to work every morning reminds me how blessed I have been with my own family.
what made you decide to start your creative business?
Sycamore Sticks began as an outlet for all the jewelry I was making. It was more than one person could ever wear and, of course expenses are always an issue. Over time I have learned the best places to purchase beads and other supplies and now have an extensive collection. I tend to overdo things sometimes. Let’s just say that if beads were nickels, I’d be retired in Bora Bora.
what does your typical day look like?
My weekdays are spent working at the hospital, getting home to let the dogs in or out at about dinner time. Evenings are usually spent beading. Weekends are shopping and spending time with my wonderful family, which includes the sweetest little boy ever born, my grandson Miles.
what is your creative process like?
My creative process is really not a process. I buy beads that are pretty or interesting to me. Then I usually think about them for quite a while. What I decide to do with them may change several times before the project is finished. That’s what’s great about beads - if you change your mind, you just cut the wire and start over.
what’s your personal motto?
I always keep in mind something my Grandmother Ross told me. “You’re not completely dressed until you ‘re wearing a smile”. I also like “Nice is underrated”.
what advice do you have for someone who is trying to start their own creative business?
I don’t have any advice as far as starting a creative business – I’m still working on that myself.