Melissa Teta, owner and artist
What is your professional background?
I am a photographer and editor, I also make props and costume accessories for Live Action Theater groups that I am involved with.
What made you decide to handcrafted art?
I have been involved with art since a young age. My grandfather was a painter and photographer, and the president of our towns Art Club. When I was four years old I got a hold of my grandfathers Nikon camera and took some photos with it.
My grandfather had his own darkroom in our basement and he developed them. He was surprised at how well the photos came out! For my firth birthday he got me my own camera! I continued doing lots of different arts throughout the following years and took some classes in high school about photography and edition.
After high school I worked a few retail jobs and took photos for fun. I got into hand made Jewelry in September of 2015. I was involved in a car accident and have been in a few sub-acute nursing centers for physical therapy. While there I learned how to make beaded wire jewelry.
What types of artwork do you make?
I take photos, create graphics, and I create beaded jewelry. My main thing I do is memory wire bracelets. They are really fun to make and can go with any outfit! They can be causal or formal.
What has been your favorite piece?
My absolute favorite piece is a pink bracelet with a pink rose charm I made for a woman I met this summer in a nursing home. It is a beautiful piece for a beautiful woman.
What has driven growth behind your business?
Word of mouth, and social media
What challenges do you face?
I was on my way to work at the end of August of 2015 and someone made an illegal turn and my life was turned upside down. I shattered my tibia, my fibula snapped in half, and I crushed my ankle joint. This type of fracture is known as a Pillion fracture. I have had four surgeries to repair the damage done to my right leg. I can finally walk a little bit but it is with a walker and not for long distances but progress is progress and I am happy that I am alive.
What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don't give up! If someone else does not think that your art looks good there is someone that will love it as much as you do! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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