Maker Series: Erica Montejo of Tiny Erica Jewelry

Hobbyist turned professional jeweler Erica Montejo took the big leap and left her day job in August of 2016 to entirely focus on her small business, Tiny Erica Jewelry. Erica’s pieces start with a refined geometric metalwork foundation and pair those designs with elegant stone accents. Propelled by a family of supportive artists, Tiny Erica Jewelry shows no signs of slowing down. Learn more about how the maker has polished her process in our Maker Series interview below.

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Maker Series: Amy Cornelius of Glam & Grace

Local cosmetics craftswoman Amy Cornelius, creator of Glam & Grace, knows a few things about color. You’d agree if you’ve ever made a purchase from her booth. All season long Amy’s handmade cosmetics give The Cleveland Flea a glow, and social media followers noticed, launching her solopreneur side hustle into a big deal business. Now her paraben free and cruelty free handcrafted cosmetics in on-trend colors are the highlight of events. Read on for insight into how Amy grew small batch cosmetics company in our Maker Series interview below.

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Maker Series: Nikki Lundberg of Odyssey and Oddities

Cleveland is gifted with some of the most gorgeous geological sites that a big city can offer. Glacier-cut grooves are now home to the Cleveland Metroparks, where locals can pass the hours enjoying the rock formations and the colorful visuals of sedimentary layers. Dappled with trees, the area is referred to as the "Emerald Necklace". We can't say for sure, but we like to think that Nikki Lundberg–creator of Odyssey and Oddities' stone-heavy jewelry collection–is inspired by the natural cues. With an accessory line known for its geological diversity, Odyssey and Oddities assembles jewelry featuring stones tumbled in-house, statement necklaces composed of vintage beads and brass, and raw materials that Elizabeth Taylor would die for. For a peek into Nikki's studio practices, as well as hints at the future of the business, read on!

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Maker Series: Karla Furrer of Bella Studio

A maker is a creator, a trendsetter, and molder of minds–regardless of their occupation. Karla Furrer has held the title in one way or another throughout her life... and has recently reentered the creative world as owner and handmade brand architect at Bella Studio. The former teacher, current mother, and now handbag/jewelry/textile designer has covered the gamut of creative influence. Insight into Karla's business processes, as well as immediate goals and community engagements, are shared with us in our Maker Series interview below.

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