After Meylah's announcement of our global launch, it's been incredibly exciting for our team each time we come across talented folks using Meylah's platform from across the world. Today we are honored to introduce you to Marge of Estrellas Manila located in the Philippines! So let's get to know Marge!
Meylah: Please share a bit about your jewelry designs and the inspiration behind your work!
Marge: I create one-of-a-kind handmade accessories that are fun and exciting, using a combination of new and vintage charms, beads, fabrics, ribbons, ceramics, colors, all mixing it up to create wearable art. I always try to incorporate that there’s an endless possibility on found objects and vintage pieces that really capture the very spirit of their time period and hold within them stories waiting to be told.
I usually get my inspirations from the music I listen to, raw materials, a certain art or a great number of creative people that I meet. In every creating scenario of my collection I usually just lock up myself in a room where there’s no Internet and telephone line and surround myself with music and my materials.
Meylah: You offer custom work, what’s the process for folks wanting you to create a custom item?
Marge: Yes, I accept orders for custom-made jewelry so that means I will work with her/him all the way to create an original handmade design or tweak a design of her/his own choosing. If however, they want a particular design made they can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and will get back to them as soon as I can.
Meylah: You’re using Meylah from the Philippines, can you tell us how the experience has been for you as a seller from outside the states?
Marge: Meylah provides a platform for budding artisans to sell their ideas and works on a modern approach. The free eCourse that Meylah offers is really a tremendous help in learning all the ropes for setting up a storefront at Meylah.
Meylah: Can you tell us about living as an artist in Manila?
Marge: Manila's sights, sounds and culture has not just influenced but nourishes my creativity. It can be challenging to source materials locally. But, I love looking for materials that promotes my Filipino heritage in my designs and still set trends in accessories. My advocacy is to generate awareness that having one of a kind product is still better than patronizing mass produced items.
Meylah: What do you do in your free time, when you’re not busy creating?
Marge: When am not busy creating, I'm either researching for new materials, chilling out or collaborating on a photo shoot with my photographer and make up artist friends.
Thank you Marge! Your work is stunning!