Today we’d like to introduce you to Meesha Farzaneh.
Meesha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey began when I was faced with the misfortune of undergoing three, very invasive surgeries on my left foot in 2017, which limited me to activities that involved minimal mobility. It was a pretty tough time for me. I had been working in a cosmetic surgery consulting position for a few years at that point and hadn’t really formed any special hobbies or areas of interest that I could focus on. I quickly realized this after being stuck in bed with my leg elevated for days on end. I began feeling depressed and anxious. In an effort to distract myself, I began teaching myself how to design and create textile art through online courses, which became an outlet for me during that time. I would order the materials off of Amazon and found myself making art for eight hours at some points, not realizing the time that had passed. Textile art was my area of focus for the first year. After some time though, I started to develop carpal tunnel in my right hand, which lead me to start working with clay. Surprisingly, this medium was pretty easy on my joints and allowed me to continue creating art with my hands, which is a very important form of expression for me. I have always had an eye for fashion, so it felt very natural. Before I knew it, I had designed and created a few pieces and the rest is history! I truly enjoy creating jewelry and working with clay even more than textiles because it allows for more freedom to express and create what’s in my head.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Its been such a rocky road, it makes me tired just thinking about it! The first struggle that comes to mind was when I resigned from my consulting position in March of 2019. This was a huge leap of faith for me, as I had been working this secure position for 3.5 years. We had just opened an art studio in east Austin called The Lemon House, so I felt like it was time to make a change. In April, I began forming carpal tunnel in my wrist. I quickly began to panic and felt discouraged that my health was preventing me from pursuing a future in art and self-employment. There was a fire in me that wasn’t ready to give up quite yet though. I began experimenting with other materials and mediums and stumbled upon a solution to my problem, which was clay jewelry!
Also, there are so many obstacles when handmaking jewelry! We have dealt with periods of time where the clay wasn’t curing properly and crumbling, push backs would pop off, customers were having delivery issues, I mean you name it, it happened! We never gave up though, despite the downpour of problems. We took the time to figure out what needs to be fixed/improved and we pulled through in the end. Now our pieces are very sturdy and our customers have been really pleased with the enhancements!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Meesha Farzaneh Jewelry story. Tell us more about the business.
I create sustainable handmade jewelry, primarily with the use of polymer clay. I have made it a priority to use polymer clay over ceramic clay due to the fact that it doesn’t dry out when removed from its packaging. This virtually eliminates us having to dispose of leftover scraps after each small batch of jewelry is produced. I can easily store my leftover clay in a bin until I am ready to condition them and begin making my next batch of incoming orders. Nothing goes in the trash, even random scraps that can’t be used for my made-to-order pieces are marbled together with other complementing colors to create unique, one of a kind studs! My pieces are meant to last a really long time. They can be worn over and over and still hold up like they did when they were purchased. The designs I create are completely from my imagination and inspiration, and each piece is handmade in Austin, TX, making them unique in their own special way. My art practice embodies the idea that statement jewelry shouldn’t be uncomfortable. My brand is unique because it joins the high fashion world and sustainable practices together, at an accessible price.
My proudest moments as a brand bring two particular occurrences to mind. The first was when fashion icon, Gigi Hadid chose to wear my earrings on her own accord to a private Vogue Magazine breakfast hosted by Anna Wintour in NYC. She posted selfies wearing my Day Dreamer Dangles on her Instagram feed later that day. It was July 16th, and I will never forget that day. It was truly a moment I will remember forever!
Earlier this year, my Medusa earrings were worn on the Oscars Red Carpet by a really talented designer, Ten Morrow. It was a really special moment for me to see them out in the wild on such a special occasion. She was absolutely glowing in the dress that she made herself, and my earrings completed her look so harmoniously. I cried happy tears. LOL!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think that luck is a combination of preparation and timing. I am always preparing for something major to happen, even if there’s nothing in the pipeline. My entire life has been lead by careful consideration of all possible outcomes, and the necessary tools to get me there to guarantee success.
However, certain things like my numerous foot operations leading me to be in bed for months was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was forced to sit in one place and reflect, with no option to get up and distract myself. I had to face some issues that were very uncomfortable, but they lead me to where I am today and I am forever grateful for the bad luck that came my way.
- My earrings range in price between $39 -$68
- My necklaces range in price between $48-$52
- I offer gift card options ranging from $25-$500
- Website: www.meeshafarzaneh.com
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- Instagram: www.instagram.com/meeshafarzaneh
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/meeshafarzanehjewelry
Chelsea Francis, Daniel Nguyen