Meet the founder of Bless the Theory, ( jewelry designer/ metalsmith) Charmain Vegas! She is offering our UBB readers a 20% discount for the month of March if you’re interested in any of her beautiful pieces! The discount code is: ubblove20%. Enjoy her interview below:
- Your name and where you’re from
My name is Charmaine Vegas and I am California native. I was born in Compton Ca. My mother was born in Michigan and grew up in southern California. My father was born and raised in Hawaii. They never married so my childhood years were spent living in both Carson, Ca and Wailuku, Hi. In my mid 20’s I relocated to Palm Springs, Ca for 7 years before moving to Long Beach to be closer to my family and boyfriend. I love my ability to just pack up an go! My boyfriend and I just purchased a cute little 1920’s Spanish home in Long Beach, so I doubt we’ll be moving anytime soon!
- What do you do? Where can we find you and your work?
I am a metalsmith and owner of Bless the Theory. My jewelry is inspired from both nature and architectural forms. I use various techniques when creating. Such as lost wax casting, fording and mostly good’ol hand + tool fabrication. You can find my work at www.blessthetheory.com also in a few boutiques and galleries in California and New York.
- What inspires you?
Everyday experiences inspire me. I’m constantly overstimulated. The way afternoon light hits a glass of water and reflects on adjacent surfaces. Cracks in the pavement. Desolate deserts. The logical lines of an office building. People, people also inspire me. The way I feel around certain beings…I wish I could transform those feelings into something tangible! Can we do that?! I take pictures and write notes of everything just to keep log of it all. My phone is constantly low on storage!
- Top 3 movies and top 3 music artists
Blue is the Warmest Color.
Jane E. by Cary Fukunaga. (The cinematography is like the perfect Instagram feed)
Each of these artists challenges my creativity. Encouraging me to think past the unknown and aspire to be more than what I am. I could not imagine a world with out music.
- How did you get started?
I started making beaded jewelry in my early 20’s. It was fun but I wanted to evolve my skills. So, I enrolled in a beginning metalsmiting/jewelry fabrication course while studying Fashion Merchandising in college. It was a challenging and exciting experience. The ability to morph metal sheets and stock into 3 dimensional forms? I was completely captivated!
- What are your hobbies?
I’m in the process of teaching myself how to raise bowls. Raising is another form of forging. Moving the metal using various hammers to create a desired shape and texture. In my case….a bowl. I am also coming to accept that my secret love for photography needs to be explored. A long time pastime of my is writing. Not so much these days but, I get an itch every now and then that needs to be scratched.
- What failures have you experienced? How have you overcome them and how has it impacted you?
I have experienced many failures. In relationships. Friendships. Business and finance. I think most set backs and failure attempts boil doing to two things really. Self Love and Self Trust. You cannot have one with out the other. Just as you cannot have success without failure. Failure can be a good thing! One particular memory that sticks out ( and I don’t necessarily consider it a failure) is waiting 10 years to decide to be a jeweler. After college I’ve always known that I wanted to be a studio jeweler. But I did not knowing how nor did I have the self belief to make that dream happen. Instead, I embarked on a 12 year career as a Visual Stylist. I did fairly well for myself, but never got to the professional status that I had hoped for. I enjoyed my visual career, I was very talented and a natural at it. I wasn’t, however, in love with it. When I finally got the courage to end my visual career focus on my passion, I felt major change. After starting Bless the Theory in 2013, I slowly began to gain confidence in my talent as a metalsmith. I noticed positive opportunities seemed to fall into my life with ease. I couldn’t help but think to myself, ” I wish I would have done this sooner!”
Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist; “when you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”
I now wholeheartedly believe that! Now, I am continuing to trust in myself and in my work. Allowing my intuition to guide me. And to act now, rather than later!
- What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Maintaining balance and staying focused. As creative type and a business owner you have to do and think of many things at once. I’m also easily distracted. One minute I’m working on orders the next I’ll stop what I’m doing to take a “quick” Instagram of the studio cause the light is juuuust right! I’m training myself to only update my social media 2-3 times per week. This allows me to do more things like cook for my boyfriend a few nights a week without checking my social media accounts!
- What do you love about the work you do?
Learning! It’s not my skill that keeps me going. It’s my curiosity to experiment and passion to learn that continually pushes me forward!