Leap of Faith • by Andrea Singarella
Seeing Beauty Uniquely
As a child, I saw things through a set of wondrous young eyes that appreciated history, sentiment, and beauty even before I knew what those words meant. People sometimes referred to me as an “old soul,” and still do. As a young girl, I gathered and saved every old photo, beaded rosary, and vintage bauble I could get my little hands on. Sleepovers at Grandma’s house meant hours spent digging through her jewelry boxes and dresser drawers, often leaving with a bag full of treasures. I remember coming home and taking the jewelry apart, categorizing all of my new beads in fancy plastic containers and creating something new from these cast-off baubles. This was just something I did without much thought, except the thought that doing so made me a happy little girl!
After high school, I set off for college and decided to major in Fashion Merchandising. Upon graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, I worked as a buyer for Barneys New York. It was during this time in wonderful New York City that I truly learned the power of aesthetic and personal style, and began to develop a deeper love for art, history, and creative expression. My time in New York shaped me in a powerful way and gave me a confidence and understanding that I had never had before. I realized that we each see beauty in our own unique way, and express it just as uniquely.
Opening Up to the Possibilities
After a few years of working and loving life in New York, I decided to leave the corporate scene. My husband took a job overseas and we spent a year living in Eastern Europe, traveling and getting lost in the excitement of living abroad. This adventure further fueled my creative spirit and sent ideas swirling through my head! My jewelry-making hobby remained a constant throughout these years, and I always enjoyed tinkering with my supplies when I had the time. Upon moving back to the U.S., the most important vocation of my life soon began: raising our three children. While I happily focused my energy on my young family, I lost focus of my creative passions at the same time. It was my husband who encouraged me to dig deep to find the fire that was still smoldering in my soul. I began making jewelry once again, took a huge leap of faith, and opened a small web boutique when I was pregnant with my second son. Truthfully, my husband believed in me more than I believed in myself at the time, and convinced me that I would succeed. This leap of faith turned into a huge blessing.
Looking back, I can now see that this is the path God has led me down since childhood. It was all a part of His plan, and I just needed to open myself up to the possibilities and have faith in Him and in myself. Easy to say, but not always so easy to do!
Always Burning Bright
Today I still feel blessed everyday to be a stay-at-home mom, and though I am always juggling and balancing my art with my family time, I think I’ve finally found a groove that works for me. I go through dry spells every so often, but my little shop is usually stocked with at least a few pieces of jewelry, and occasionally I have a big chunk of time where the creativity just flows. Through the years, my personal style has evolved but a few elements have always remained: my love of soft pastel hues, old rhinestones, tarnished religious relics, and pearls with patina. I have been inspired by so many artists and jewelry designers on this journey, and it is my greatest wish as an artist that the pieces I design and create will bless and inspire someone else in a small way. We can all learn something from one another, share ideas with each other, and inspire others. Ultimately, though, creativity has to start in and flow from one’s own heart. If you have faith, that fire will always burn bright.
To learn more about Andrea Singarella, visit andreasingarella.com.