Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business.This week we chat with Maja Arnold, founder and designer of the gorgeous custom Maja Arnold jewelry. Maja shares her passion for typography, wearable symbols, and working with incredible people with inspiring stores.
1. First, tell us a little about yourself and your business. You have a background in typography, how do you incorporate that into your jewelry designs?
Typography has transformed my artistic expression and I want to help it transform yours. For many ears I travelled through Europe for the fashion industry, but when I experienced the inspiration and peace in the beauty of wearable symbols, it was transformative. My name is Maja Arnold, I’m the founder of Maja Arnold Design. Our mission is designing jewelry that creates memories and illuminates your soul! The artistic expression seen in typography as I have expressed it in wearable symbols came at first in the painful loss of one of my children and later in my son’s battle with cancer. I have a passion for typography and I want to bring this passion to you. The ease of the style and unpretentious, natural connection to memories and their inevitable feelings has always fascinated me. Each individual design based on the touchstone letters that are meaningful to you allowing anyone to keep you loved ones close to you hearts. This is also, if not especially true for meaningful and powerful events you have experienced throughout your life. As a prime examples, I design contemporary symbols comprised of the most meaningful works or initials, for each person, often of up to six letters, resulting in a piece of set of items completely original and unique. Each piece represents a personal, deeply touching story and transforms into wearable fashion of the high quality to be cherished for a lifetime. Made in Seattle, Maja Arnold Design necklaces are hand sketched, digitally rendered, wax molded and cast in pure silver or gold. Our design have been featured in Seattle Bride Magazine, Seattle Magazine, The Points Living, Vanguard Magazine, idazzle, Reflection Magazine and TV NY New Day Show. Currently at the Elements Gallery in Hotel Hyatt and on Display in Bellevue Square Mall.
2. Where do you see Maja Arnold in 5 -10 years?
My business is based on a very personal and meaningful story. The result is a creation of one of a kind jewelry that inspires and its meaningful in a very modern and artistic way. I would love to spread my story to as many people as I can over the next 5 years. Ultimate goal is to inspire people that will wear a Maja Arnold design creation. I created a column on my web site just for Inspiring stories. [pullquote]I would love to share as many of these stories as I can to help others find their own story and possibly help them through difficult situations and times in their lives.[/pullquote]
3. When it comes to building your brand and starting your company, what’s an important lesson each of you have learned?
The lesson of building your own company is being patient and believing in yourself.
4. Do I have a favorite design?
All of my designs have their own story. I love them all. Because so much of what I do is custom it is very hard to have a favorite.
5.What has been the best moment in your career?
The best moment in my career was (and still is) when my clients receive one of my designs and cry or tell me how much it means to them, and why. It is truly an amazing feeling.
6. If you could be any Boss Lady for day, who would you pick and why?
If I can be any Boss Lady for a day…. I would be Lori Greiner. She is a self-made inventor who helps so many people to be discovered with their new patents and new products. She gives people HOPE every day.:)
7. Do you have a dream client you would love to work with and if so, who and why?
What dream client would I want to work with and why? hmm. There is so many! My dream client is a client with an inspiring story:) I meet people these type of people on regular basis and I admire them so much by what they tell me that I cannot wait to design them their piece.
8. For all the young entrepreneurs out there, what advice would you give them?
For young entrepreneurs I would give them advice to “Never give up on your dream”, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.