It all started with a bag of beads and a ball of hemp – shop owner’s story
After leaving college in Liverpool, England a career job did not interest me but traveling the world did. My mum taught me to macrame at the age of 6 and making hemp jewelry later helped support my world travels for nearly 10 years.
In the 1990’s I managed one of the first hemp stores to open in Colorado, USA and travelled the country attending HIA ( Hemp Industry Association) meetings and hemp trade shows. I started my first business in 2000 after an accident left me unable to work in Australia. All I had at the time was a bag of beads and a ball of hemp and selling hemp jewelry helped pay for a bed at a local youth hostel. I ended up selling so many pieces of jewelry to travelers and local surf shops I opened a stall at Fremantle Markets in Perth and stayed there for two years.
The mountains lured me back to Colorado eventually where i owned and operated two retail stores of my own selling jewelry and accessories. In 2009 a friend suggested i list my handmade jewelry for sale on Etsy.com. At the same time I saw the need for a one stop supply shop for hemp jewelry makers and Hemp Beadery was born. Six months later I was able to close the brick and mortar store i was operating and work full time on internet sales.
I love to travel and photography – I get outdoors in Americas National Parks and under the stars to photograph the Milky Way as often as I can. I think they call it “wanderlust” – I have visited 41 countries around the world and there are many more I would like to see. I recently took a trip to Iceland stopping over on route to the UK and I got to see the Northern lights three times, wild horses and fantastic scenery.
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Thank you very much for stopping by! – Claire