Garden of Silver
Eileen Baumeister McIntyre
Tell us about your business.Garden of Silver Handmade Garden Inspired Jewelry collections reflect my love and inspiration for the garden and its elements. I find the shapes and textures of flowers, petals, seeds, vines and leaves aesthetically stimulating throughout every growing season. My jewelry is a celebration of the enduring beauty of nature transformed through precious metals. My business, Garden of Silver, was born five years ago in a friends kitchen during my first jewelry party that he hosted for me. I have enjoyed growing from kitchen jewelry parties to having my jewelry sold at The Smithsonian, as well as numerous fine boutiques, galleries and museums across the country and also to being a top designer for UncommonGoods in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, I was chosen to participate in the New Designer Gallery at the world class JA NY jewelry trade show. One of my necklaces was chosen as "Item of the Day" 7/28/14 by Accessories Magazine, a dream come true. Garden of Silver continues to grow each season.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I design and create each piece in the Garden of Silver jewelry line in my art/jewelry studio on the north shore of Long Island, New York. My loft studio overlooks my gorgeous organic garden. As a fine artist, as well as a jewelry designer, the studio is equipped with my giant easel and all my drawing and painting supplies which share the space with my hammers, saws and blowtorch. The studio is my sanctuary.
What inspires you?I have an extensive organic garden that is both serene and stimulating. I find it peaceful to work in the garden and can be found outside among the flowers, vegetables, herbs and weeds with my sketchbook throughout the growing season. My drawings and paintings have always had a botanical theme which has evolved into the Garden of Silver jewelry line.
What makes your business stand out?As a NYS Certified art teacher for the last 25 years, I have been privileged to work with some amazingly talented teenagers. I am dedicated to showing my creative teens how to be financially successful with their art and creativity. Currently I have young adults working for Garden of Silver doing computer graphics and website updating. A former student works as my production assistant for the last three years and is a key member of my business. I feel that is extremely important for young creatives to learn the business side of the art world, as I was once faced with those same obstacles. I incorporate entrepreneurial skills into each of my high school class curriculums. Young creatives must learn the business skills required to market themselves and their art professionally in this competitive marketplace. I love tapping into the energy and talents of these young people and they always end up amazing me as we build upon great ideas together.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?I would tell aspiring creative entrepreneurs to stay focused on their goals, learn from business coaches/mentors who have walked their path and never give up. Building a business is hard work and it is easy to get discouraged. Celebrate the small victories along the way and have fun!
What does American Made mean to you?To me "American Made" means that the entire piece is completely made in the United States. There is no outsourcing of any element in the creation of the piece. I hand craft everything in my studio. From the sketches, the wax carving, sawing, hammering, soldering, wire wrapping, grinding, polishing, etching, embossing, etc. everything is made by hand on Long Island, New York.
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