"I’m inspired by the idea of creating jewelry pieces that lift other people up."
Growing up in Taiwan, Yueh-Wen Chang was taught that studying hard, good grades and a solid university education were the name of the game. Despite being a good student in more traditional disciplines, “I was very good at making things since I was 6 or 7, and art classes were my favorites in school,” she said. While at college, Wen joined the Fine Arts Club, where she ended up spending more time learning woodcut, linocut, etching and screen print than on her Psychology education. “I don’t have any formal training in design, but these experiences definitely have some underlying influences in my creation,” she said.
While at graduate school, she started making jewelry for her family and friends as a creative outlet: “My hands were always busy sewing, knitting, wire wrapping or baking goodies if not working on my dissertation.” On a whim, she began selling the products of her creation and was delightfully surprised when, one after another, her pieces began to sell. “The whim became an obsession, and the world is never the same again,” she said. Case in point: one year later, she quit her research job and focused her efforts on Sora (meaning “sky” in Japanese) Designs fulltime. Citing design inspiration in everything from vintage materials to geometric shapes, the sky is truly the limit for Wen, as she continues on her mission to make jewelry that is stunning, functional and affordable.
More About Wen
I love it when...
My kid bakes me cakes.
Words I live by are...
Love, dream, believe. And recently “have fun” and “let go” snuck into the list of words I live by.
What three things make you happiest in the world?
(1) My morning barre/cycle classes with a group of amazing women.
(2) That first day in summer where you don't have to wear a jacket. It’s cold here in San Francisco.
(3) Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens. Yes, seriously.