Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Business Women Online Expo - Booth #30

The Fall Business Women Expo is being generously hosted by Dee of Girl's Night Out. This event takes place completely online - if you find yourself with some time this weekend, start by visiting the Girl's Night Out blog. You'll find a listing of participating vendors and links to their blogs at 12:00am EST on Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2009.

On each blog the vendor will introduce themselves and tell you a bit about their business etc. Some will even be featuring contests, coupons, and free give-aways! Like ME! The point is to create holiday shopping lists, network, and have an enjoyable online shopping experience. Read on to be introduced to ecocessories, my sterling silver & recycled bead design business.

Who I Am

I'm an artist and my my medium is sterling silver and recycled beads. Home is currently on the West Coast of Canada and I try to live an eco-friendly and organic lifestyle, which I incorporate into my business and all that I do. I find inspiration everywhere! Nature, food, people, art, characters, fashion and style all influence my designs.

{Jessica Reiss, ecocessories designer}

I love creating jewelry that has a story and a low environmental impact and I try to pour my heart and energy into each piece I make. When naming my pieces I think of what in this world the colours/shapes/textures of the recycled beads remind me of and bring that image to focus in my mind. This image inspires how the design is assembled, and how it feels and wears.

What I Believe

That it is possible to produce high quality, eco-friendly, and ethically sound jewelry designs that are 100% handmade wearable works of art. ecocessories jewelry is:

High Quality - hand-wrapped loops close every joint, and I never use jump rings which can split or stretch.

Eco-Friendly - I use only recycled beads sourced from my Jewelry Recycling Service and non-toxic cleaning and silversmithing processes in my North Vancouver, B.C. studio.

{Antique Garden Love Necklace - find this design at the TWO OF HEARTS boutique}

Ethical - I support small, local businesses for my silver, tools, office supplies, graphic design, web development etc. I also incorporate fair trade materials into my designs when possible.

Handmade - All aspects of my designs are handmade - I hand form every silver component, hoop, etc. All my earring wires are handmade, and my signature, hand crafted clasps become part of the design.

One-Of-A-Kind - Every jewelry design is unique - never see another person wearing the same piece of jewelry as you!

What I Do

I design sterling silver and recycled bead jewelry for my retail locations, markets, and my online shop.

{Soldering some hand formed circles in my North Vancouver studio}

I also operate a jewelry recycling service and invite anyone (including you!) to recycle old, broken, or simply unwanted jewelry with ecocessories. I disassemble the jewelry and use the beads and vintage components for my new designs. YES I want anything! It is a jewelry recycling service only meant to relieve you of unwanted jewelry that is cluttering your life. I have colour coded and sorted drawers at my studio and use your recycled jewelry as inspiration for my new designs.

{Lining up some recycled beads for a bracelet design}

I love to connect with like-minded individuals about living green, eco-fashion, unique design, or fresh ideas. I am proud to say that I have almost 750 online supporters between my Twitter, Facebook, and E-Newsletter Subscribers and I would love for you to be 751!

{Black Tusk Puzzle Bracelet can be found at FINE FINDS boutique}

To say THANKS to my online supporters, I'm offering a FREE pair of earrings to anyone who comments on this blog post by Wednesday, September 30th. What do you think of my designs? my mission to recycle jewelry? living green? sustainable fashion? Comment below - you will be contacted by the e-mail address you provide, which will be kept strictly confidential.

Sustainably Yours,

Jessica Reiss

Click here to get back to the Fall Business Women Online Expo to browse more Booths!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

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