Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Alcaraz.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Creating objects with my hands has always been apart of expressing myself. I am fascinated with how art and creativity make me feel alive and inspires people to live with passion. I knew that my future career had to be apart of the art and craft legacy. I decided to take my creativity seriously and go to art school in Seattle. This change of scenery into a new city and landscape not only inspired me but empowered me to pursue my dreams of being a full-time artist and jewelry designer. After I graduated in 2016, Combine&Create Jewelry line really took off, and I am so grateful. Watching this dream grow has been so amazing.
Please tell us about your art.
I am fulltime Jewelry Designer and Photographer. I am a one women show, from designing my jewelry line, production, and photography.
My jewelry designs include natural gemstones and high-quality metals. I hold gemstones close to my heart for they provide me spiritual healing and visual beauty. As well as vintage and antique beads and coins from around the world. All designs are original and attract women of all ages.
My fine art photography are narratives of my travels around the world. From Peru, Thailand, Mexico, and many more. I want the viewer to feel like they are embarking on a trip of their own.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
As we all know, life definitely does not serve up our dreams on a silver platter. There were/are times when being a full-time entrepreneurial jewelry designer and photographer isn’t as stable as a 9-5 day job. Some weeks, I make many sales and other weeks aren’t so fruitful. During those times, I like to really invest in the creative process and remember that the everything will balance out in the end. Knowing that this is exactly what I want to be doing and nothing competes when you love what you do. My advice for people who want to take the leap into their passions is to always believe in yourself no matter what. If you are consistent and determined life will hear you and begin the path to success.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Combine&Create Etsy Shop
La Loupe Vintage
Hunt & Gather Boutique
Barrio Logan Flea Market
Brujas Del Barrio Shop
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CombineandCreate?ref=hdr_shop_menu
- Phone: 6199724870
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @combineandcreate
- Other: vanessaalcarazphoto.weebly.com