Shop

We Crashed An Etsy Seller's Jewelry Studio And Yes, It Was As Amazing As It Sounds

October 1, 2014 by Jeanine Edwards
shefinds | Shop
view slideshow

We’re diehard Etsy fans here at SHEfinds, mostly because the jewelry selection is unbeatable. Of course, that’s due in large part to the thousands of sellers who find and make gorgeous products the rest of us can’t resist. But rather than simply be content ordering jewelry up the wazoo, we decided to go behind the scenes a little and actually meet one of these highly talented Etsy sellers.

I was actually introduced to Soledad Proaño of Sol Del Sur at an event here in NYC and as soon as I saw her stuff, I knew I wanted to learn more. So I enlisted the SHEfinds graphic designer/resident photographer to trek it to Brooklyn with me where we got up close and personal with Sol’s amazing pieces and how they come to life. Take a peek:

IMG_0168

A few of Sol’s latest pieces on display in her Brooklyn studio.

SHEfinds: What were you doing before you started selling on Etsy?

Soledad Proaño: I was an acoustical engineer. I studied audio and acoustics, but ended up focusing on architectural designs to create spaces that had good sound quality. We basically came up with treatments and materials to make texture in spaces. It was the best job I could have had with my education, but it wasn’t enough for me. I really wanted to make creative decisions.

IMG_0194

Sol wearing some of her favorite pieces.

SF: So you decided to start selling on Etsy?

SP: I think it was probably 2008. I started selling mosaics, but they were very time-consuming. So I started making scarves with all these amazing yarns, but then summer cam so I had to diversify. Probably a year after I joined Etsy, I started doing jewelry.

IMG_0161

Works in progress.

SF: Do you have any formal training? How long have you been making jewelry?

SP: I started when I was 10, off and on making friendship bracelets. Later I learned some wire-grapping and metal- and leather- work. I love all kinds of processes, though. That’s my thing–to figure out how things are made.

SF: What made you decide to try your hand at jewelry?

SP: At craft shows I would see people doing jewelry and it was selling and selling and I said, “I can do that!”

IMG_0172

Where the magic happens.

SF: How do customers find you?

SP: I have repeat customers, but most of my customers are new and honestly, I don’t know where they come from. Sometimes I will get referrals or when I do an event I will get a lot of traffic right after.

IMG_0186

The early stages of some new Sol Del Sur cuff bracelets.

SF: How does it feel to work for yourself?

SP: It has its pros and cons. Sometimes I do miss the security and teamwork of working for a company. It’s sometimes lonely and hard to connect with other creative people. But, of course, it’s also nice to have my own ideas about how things should be made and execute them that way.

IMG_0208

Sol’s favorite necklace.

SF: Do you have a favorite piece?

SP: It’s always the newest.

Click through the slideshow to shop our favorite Sol Del Sur pieces, then head over to Etsy to shop Soledad’s collection yousrself.

Don’t miss these stunning unique engagement rings, black moto jackets for fall and quilted shoes.

[Photo: Shelby Rodriguez]

 

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

4 Mind-Blowing Nordstrom Shopping Tricks That Will Save You SO Much Money

July 19, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
Just in time for their Anniversary Sale!

Fashion

This New Bag Trend Was A Little Bizarre At First, But Now We're OBSESSED!

July 19, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Get the look for less!

Fashion

6 Super Flattering Reformation Items Every Woman Should Own

July 18, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
These are essential.

Fashion

We Finally Found The Best Leggings For Curvy Girls (That Aren't See-Through!)

July 17, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Get these leggings ASAP!

Fashion

These Nordstrom Sandals Look Super Expensive—But They Only Cost $35!

July 17, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
*Adds to cart immediately*

Fashion

The UGG Closet Sale Is The Best Way To Get UGG Boots For Up To 60% Off

July 16, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
It's pretty great!

Fashion

We Never Expected To See Shorts Like THIS—But Now It’s A Huge Trend

July 16, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Interesting.

Fashion

These Sandals Are SO Comfortable They’re Selling Out On Amazon

July 15, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
They have a 5-star review!

Fashion

We Finally Found The Best Leggings For Curvy Girls (That Aren't See-Through!)

Everyone, no matter you're shape or size, should have ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS