Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
My name is Emily Haworth and I am the owner and creator of By Beep. I’m a freelance illustrator and jewelry maker based in Chicago, Illinois. The majority of my work involves molding a simple structure out of chipboard, masking it with hardened paper, then adding paper trinkets to the body based on its theme. This is a technique I developed myself based on my desire to produce a durable sculpture out of paper.
Drawing has been my infatuation since the moment I was introduced to a pencil, but jewelry-making came wandering into my studio one day and began to relentlessly court my attention. It started with a hairpin my grandmother made for me when I was a child. The day came when the hairpin, like most things, disassembled itself into a state of uselessness. Being the person I am, I felt compelled to transform the remains of the hairpin into some creation in honor of her. I had no idea what I was going to do, but ignorance has a curious way of leading you in the right direction if you allow it. I ended up sewing miscellaneous objects to the remnants of the hairpin, and I realized that with a little creativity I could turn it into a cool pair of earrings.
Since then, jewelry-making and I decided to get to know each other better. I started creating pieces of jewelry with no direction or purpose other than to see what I was capable of. This is the greatest lesson I learned as a beginner — to explore all the ideas in your mind no matter how different they are from each other. Eventually, you will create a piece that connects with you in a special way and you’ll say, “This is it. This is the direction I will go.” The piece that did this for me was one of the necklaces in my store called, “The Wicked Sea.”
The style of “The Wicked Sea” felt right to me as it coincided well with the whimsical and nostalgic motif of my creations. It is important for me to produce works that people can relate to, that spark a feeling of nostalgia, bring meaning to their current journeys, or inspire them to embark on entirely new ones.
As of last year, jewelry-making moved in with me full time, and together we worked towards launching a shop on Etsy, which is now known as By Beep. I spent nine months designing my own papers through Photoshop, creating a consistent line of jewelry, learning the basics of photography, and teaching my self how to run a personal business.
My undivided attention goes into every piece I produce. “Quality, not quantity” is an important mantra when it comes to my work. After I’m done with a piece, I ask myself, “Would you wear this?” If not, it is tossed into a box of failed works. However, I always end up returning to these pieces — they either inspire new jewelry ideas, or end up working for another form of art. Failing, although frustrating, can be a catalyst for new successes.
Today, jewelry-making and I are pretty content and have many more ideas we plan to explore. Sure, we have our disagreements, but when something is worth it to you, the ground is only a short fall away and the sky goes on forever.
All photos courtesy of By Beep.