Meet the Maker is a series created to introduce you to to some of the rad and interesting people behind some of the brands we carry at Graffiti Beach.
Interviewer: Jaclyn Najjar, Sales @ Graffiti Beach
Interviewee: Libby Trajkovski, owner of Goldeluxe
Company: Goldeluxe Jewelry
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Libby Trajkovski: I have been making jewelry (and making stuff in general) since as long as I can remember. Friendship bracelets, lanyard keychains and hemp necklaces advanced into making clay beads and working on bead looms, then came pearl stringing, wire wrapping, etc. I couldn't stop! When I discovered wax carving and metalsmithing I knew I had found my medium.
Goldeluxe actually began before I learned how to metalsmith. I became interested in repurposing vintage chain & components into statement necklaces back in 2009 and opened up my Etsy shop. It was fun to scavenge for old, cool pieces and put them together into something new. I managed to sell a lot of those pieces on Etsy which was encouraging. Over time my Etsy shop evolved into what it is today.
LT: This was definitely a random hobby turned awesome. Back in 2009 when Goldeluxe was just born, I was stuck in a job I had no passion for. The recession had hit when I had graduated college and I found it impossible to find a graphic design job (my college major) in Michigan. I decided to take a trip to NYC with a friend and was so inspired by the city that I decided to leave my job and move there. I had this pipe dream about working for a jewelry designer and learning more about the process. I had no intention of being a designer or starting a "real" business.
LT: I love the freedom - being my own boss is a dream come true. I have created a life and career that I love every day! I also love the creative side of the business - designing a new line and seeing it come to life is so fun and exciting.
LT: I find a lot of my inspiration stems from my background in graphic design. Learning the elements & principles of design in college has really stuck with me through the years. I think if I had gone to school for jewelry making instead of graphic design my jewelry would look totally different. I also draw inspiration just from playing. Sketching, visualizing, moving elements around, seeing what fits, toying with weird ideas in my head - that's how ideas come to me.
LT: I LOVE Detroit. I moved here with my now-husband at the end of 2014. We are both from Michigan and he has had a love for Detroit since long before its "renaissance". We were tired of NYC and it just made sense to move here. I am mostly inspired by all the people in Detroit. Everyone here is very welcoming, friendly and collaborative. The arts community was easy to become a part of and make friends. Detroit is great because there's still opportunity to forge your own path. It's very affordable (although that is changing these days) and you don't have to focus so much on paying rent and bills like in a bigger city. It's easier to be creative when you aren't using as much head space for those kind of responsibilities.
LT: Lots of things! I'm currently dreaming up my holiday collection as well as a simple wedding band collection that's similar to my stacking rings - I make a lot of custom wedding bands like this so it's time to make it official.
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