Have you ever made something and wondered what it would be like to have someone famous wear it? Artisans all over the world have joined together to create gift bags for celebrities and are having more fun than ever! Some jewelry designers have found their experiences fun and well worth their time to give gifts to people who can afford something much, much more expensive, but they are still sending their jewelry to get it “out there” and many have been seen in movies, television shows, award shows and commercials. It makes for a great way to advertise and to show their work in a (more than) public place.
The Artisan Group is a group of the “elite” handmade artisans that consist of jewelry designers, painters, artists and many other types of people who work with their hands, creating beautiful items. It is difficult to get accepted into this group, as it is by invitation only, and they only admit those who are highly skilled and take great pride in their work. As the founder of The Artisan Group, Valerie Guerrero states,“Celebrities have plenty of opportunity to receive manufactured luxury goods and that’s great, but we want to introduce them to the best of the best being created by small, artisan-owned businesses.” This creates increased publicity to artists who would not otherwise be able to get such exposure.
6 Cindy Arnet of Sienna Grace Jewelry
5 Rachel Hughes, Saressa Designs
Rachel has been designing wire-wrapped stones; precious and semi-precious on Etsy for eleven years. Previously she had been selling her items in a brick-and-mortar type store, but decided to launch her online business, Saressa Designs in 2011. As a member of The Artisan Group, Rachel has gifted several pieces of her jewelry to celebrities all over the world. She has even received some responses from a few of the famous who took their time to Tweet or email, advising Rachel of how they felt about her designs. Some of those famous Tweeters include Autumn Reeser (from “Hawaii 5-0”) and Hayley Orrantia, tweeting about how much they loved their new jewelry pieces. Alysia Reiner was given an arrow necklace from Rachel when included inside a gift bag during the GBK New York Fashion Week and even posed for a picture with her new found, hand-crafted piece of art.
The Real Housewifes' Joyce Giraud did something that is not done too often. She sent Rachel a personal hand-written note thanking Rachel for a necklace she had received in a gift bag. That is practically unheard of these days.
4 Cami Tout, Camilee Designs
3 Laura King, owner and founder of Loralyn Designs
2 Jennifer Racette, Alison Julien Collection
1 Cindy Kassebaum, creator of Rock and Hardware
Men and women both love jewelry, so Cindy Kassebaum of Rock and Hardware creates stylish bracelets for everyone. She uses wood and metal to create her stylish pieces of art, along with semi-precious gemstones. Cindy has been creating art since she was a little girl and her perfectionist attitude shows with every bracelet that she sells. She taught herself to create these lovely pieces and has sent many of them to famous people around the globe. Cindy gives away gift bags (through The Artisan Group) to many different celebrity functions. Among them are the Oscar’s Gift Lounge, Golden Globes and the Emmy Celebrity Gift Lounge. She will soon be sending her gift bags to celebrities at the MTV Movie Awards. She has gotten several mentions by a few celebrities, such as Stephanie Draeau, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Jimmy Bennett. Tichina Arnold, an actress that has appeared on Martin and Everybody Loves Chris, sent out a tweet following receipt of one of Cindy’s gifts. Her tweet read, “Yes. I received your bracelet from #theartisangroup at the #GBK2013Oscars I collect bracelets designed like urs. Thank u!” Not to be outdone, Dennis Christopher also received a bracelet gift bag from Cindy and sent out a Tweet as well, "I'm still wearing my very cool bracelet! Thank you! Can you spot it? PS great web site.” When asked if it is worth her time and money to be sending free gift bags to celebrities, Cindy states, “It is definitely worth the time and money it takes to be a participant. It's a wonderful way to market our bracelets to a group of celebrities and VIPs we would not normally be able to do as an individual.”
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