Feature Friday: Meg Girard
On Instagram we're bringing back #featurefriday because we’re constantly inspired by so many of you... and what’s the point of social networking if we aren’t sharing who and what inspires us?! If you don’t already know @meg_girard, let us introduce you to this amazing woman. She owns and operates her online business selling the most stunning jewelry she designs and makes with her mind-blowing silversmith skills, has the world’s funniest dog named Owen, travels to some incredible places, always has a lot of insightful things to say about running a small business, and she’s just a really kind and cool human.
Meet the talented & beautiful Meg Girard:
Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do?
I’m Meg, owner and maker behind Meg Girard Jewelry. I create handcrafted jewelry from sterling silver and natural stones. Cultivating a unique southwestern style that is constantly evolving with the time and interests that speak to me. I was born in New England though throughout the years have relocated exploring the east and west coasts and eventually making my way south. Different environments fuel my adventure and inspirations. Ive always enjoyed exploring and seeking the ultimate harmony of work and happiness. Recently I’ve made my way back to Atlanta where my business and romance with jewelry first flourished.
How did you get started?
I began my journey into jewelry making before I even knew it. At a young age I completed dental assisting school which was one of my life goals. After 3 years working as an orthodontic assistant, bending wires for braces and being a professional in the medical field, I felt as if I was losing a part of myself. I was craving a creative outlet. I quit my job and worked various side jobs all while experimenting in different art forms including floral design. I've collected antique jewelry for years and always had a deep passion for all gemstones alike. After receiving a gift of a metal stamping tool which produced the markings of a whirling log (the ancient symbol of good luck) I decided to learn how to put it to use the correct way. I found a local Metalsmithing course and never looked back. I feel as if my efforts in the dental field were not wasted considering after years of bending wires, the fabrication of jewelry went hand in hand. Now, 5 years later and over a dozen sold out collections. I've grown into something far past my dreams. Being able to share my love for silver and stones and adorn people in beautiful jewelry is my true happiness.
Do you have tips for anyone starting a business?
Do your homework and keep going. Sales aren't instantaneous in the beginning. It takes dedication and many many hours of honing in our your skills. Manifest your goals and believe in yourself!
I’m more of an information person as opposed to fiction and story telling. I collect antique jewelry books which include primitive/ folk art history and gemstone lore. Books are a huge inspiration to my work and I’m always hounding for the next read.
What’s your best and worst habit?
I’m a workaholic, not a second goes by where I’m not thinking about my next piece of jewelry. I suppose those can be both my best and worst habits. My addictive personality has always been a blessing and a curse.
Do you have any advice for getting through a creative slump?
Travel! Just go. Forced creativity is always recognizable. Pause and realign yourself and the creative juices will come naturally.
What’s the hardest part about owning a small business and what’s best part?
The hardest part is not knowing when income will be received. You can work as much as possible but at the end of the week a paycheck isn’t guaranteed. You have to have faith in your work and the amazing customers that have supported and guided you. The best part is being able to do something I truly love. I get excited just thinking about making something new with my hands everyday. And of course, working at home and being able to spend time with my dog.
Favorite quote or words to live by?
Edna st Vincent Millay said that “Beauty is what brings you joy.” I think that’s very true, and through making jewelry I find joy in working to make things beautiful.