|Seahorse Wonder, Erin Prais-Hintz (Tresori Trovati Jewelry): polymer clay, paint, ink, and metal bezel|
In December 2010, jewelry designer Erin Prais-Hintz of Tresori Trovati Jewelry decided that she wanted to start creating her own components and embarked on a journey that led to Simple Truths.
Erin Prais-Hintz revealed an interesting tidbit about the birth these Simple Truth pendants for they came about during a time when she had joined a local group called Working Artists Initiative. This group of artists met bi-weekly to critique artwork and offer support. The idea was to bump up one's notion of being an artist to being a working artist. Being able to incubate your ideas among other creative minds is one of the best ways to stay motivated and on track with any goal.
Inspired by a book she had read called Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh, Erin Prais-Hintz set to work testing out different art bead mediums (e.g., stamped metal, resin, and etching) that incorporated inspirational words and images.
Erin's initial resin experiments didn't sell as well as expected, so she continued looking for the right medium for her beads. After reading a tutorial by Heather Powers on Art Bead Scene about using polymer clay to make last minute Christmas gifts, Erin Prais-Hintz set about designing her Simple Truth pendants.
Erin Prais-Hintz loves the idea of being able to personalize these pendants with quotes that come from the heart of the person buying the charm. The opportunity to connect with such powerful moments in people's lives such as personalizing a woman's pendant who is dying of cancer, a writer who wants to believe she can publish a book, and adopted son and birth mother who meet for the first time is truly a gift to receive when being an artist. She is hoping to offer more of these custom order designs in the coming year.
|Simple Truths Sampler, Erin Prais-Hintz (Tresori Trovati): polymer clay, metal bezel, paint, and ink|
Last June, another neat idea Erin incorporated into her business model was to offer a monthly sampler club. She has around 10-13 members during any given month and these people all receive a unique pendant that is part of a limited edition run.
If you haven't met Erin Prais-Hintz yet or seen her shop Tresori Trovati on Etsy, be sure to stop by this year and get inspired by Simple Truths.