Pop-up jewelry maker adds final touch of flare through zero-waste designs

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asked Feb 16, 2022 in 3D Segmentation by freeamfva (39,060 points)

When I started making jewelry, creating a business was not my initial goal,” shared Stranak, who teaches kindergarten in Kansas City, Kansas. “For me, I wanted these earrings that I couldn’t afford, so I made them!”To get more news about jewelry designer brands, you can visit jewelryhunt.net official website.

As Stranak continued designing and creating earrings for herself, more and more people showed an interest in her products, she recalled. After six months of learning how to make earrings out of clay and brass, Stranak founded her jewelry brand Who Is She? in March 2020.

The phrase “Who Is She?” is inspired by Stranak’s best friend, she shared.

“I do his drag makeup for shows all the time — once makeup is done and we get ready, the earrings are the final touch,” she said. “With a snap, I always say, ‘Oh my gosh, who is she?’ So when people put on my earrings, I want them to feel that same way.”

Each Who Is She? piece is carefully crafted by hand, Stranak said, adding that she can pull ideas from just about anywhere.“My personal style is all over the place,” Stranak said. “I love metaphysical-themed pieces — also anything inspired by nature or space.”

Stranak’s jewelry can be found on the Who Is She? Instagram page, as well as during pop-up events and in local businesses throughout the Kansas City area. Individuals can also DM Stranak for inquiries on custom pieces, she noted.

“I really enjoy popping up and working with small business owners. I live right off Independence Square, so that is a place where I’ve been in multiple shops. I love all those business owners,” she shared, noting her partnership with Eclairs De La Lune on the Square.Who Is She? has pop-up events lined up for the rest of October including: Ghouls (Girls) Night Out Oct. 21; Hocus Pocus Night Oct. 24 at The Mac Shack; and Wellness Warehouse Oct. 30.

With Stranak’s jewelry business centered around sustainability, Who Is She? only crafts a limited supply of each design. Any extra clay is turned into clay bracelets, Stranak noted.

“I don’t waste anything,” she said. “I’m really passionate about my bracelets because I take this big collection of extra clay and make it into something fun. I believe I am the only claymaker in the community who makes bracelets.”When Stranak isn’t making jewelry, she’s sharing her creativity with her students at Hazel Grove Elementary. Stranak’s path to teaching was also unconventional, she shared.

“When I started [my undergrad], I was leaning toward being a chiropractor or doing something creative,” she recalled. “… I was doing an apprenticeship with a hair salon, and my really good friend at the time came into work and told me she was going to go to school to become a teacher. So I said, ‘OK. Me too.’ So, I stopped what I was doing in undergrad and got my Master’s and Bachelor’s in teaching. I’m lucky that as soon as I was in the classroom, I loved it.”

Growing up, Stranak attended an integrated arts school in Los Angeles before moving to Kansas City for high school. With a diverse background in education, Stranak uses her skills to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience for her kindergarten students, she said.

“I’m really big into multiple intelligence theory, having fun and building connections with the kids,” Stranak shared. “I think I am good at what I do because I have a different perspective.”

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