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Life and Work with Meesha Farzaneh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meesha Farzaneh.

Meesha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey began when I was faced with the misfortune of undergoing three, very invasive surgeries on my left foot in 2017, which limited me to activities that involved minimal mobility. It was a pretty tough time for me. I had been working in a cosmetic surgery consulting position for a few years at that point and hadn’t really formed any special hobbies or areas of interest that I could focus on. I quickly realized this after being stuck in bed with my leg elevated for days on end. I started falling into depression and feelings of anxiety. In an effort to distract myself, I began teaching myself how to design and create textile art through online courses, which became an outlet for me during that time. I would order the materials off of amazon and found myself making art for eight hours at some points, not realizing the time that had passed. Textile art was my area of focus for the first year. After some time though, I started to develop carpal tunnel in my right hand, which lead me to start working with clay. Surprisingly, this medium was pretty easy on my joints and allowed me to continue creating art with my hands, which is a very important form of expression for me. I have always had an eye for fashion, so it felt very natural. Before I knew it, I had designed and created a few pieces and the rest is history! I truly enjoy creating jewelry and working with clay even more than textiles because it allows for more freedom to express and create what’s in my head.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely a tough road. Entrepreneurship is a never-ending game of identifying problems, finding solutions, and innovating new ways to be better than the day before. I resigned from my consulting position in March of 2019, and in April, I began forming carpal tunnel in my wrist. I quickly began to panic and felt discouraged that my health was preventing me from pursuing a future in art and self-employment. There was a fire in me that wasn’t ready to give up quite yet though. I began experimenting with other materials and mediums and stumbled upon a solution to my problem!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Meesha Farzaneh Jewelry – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I create sustainable handmade jewelry, primary with the use of polymer clay. I have made it a priority to use polymer clay over ceramic clay due to the fact that it doesn’t dry out when removed from its packaging. This virtually eliminates us having to dispose of leftover scraps after each small batch of jewelry is produced. I can easily store my leftover clay in a bin until I am ready to condition them and begin making my next batch of incoming orders. Nothing goes in the trash, even random scraps that can’t be used for my made-to-order pieces are marbled together with other complementing colors to create unique, one of a kind studs!

I am known for my unique statement earring designs. They are different from what you would find in department stores or Forever 21. They are incredibly lightweight and can be worn throughout the seasons.

My proudest moment as a brand was when fashion icon, Gigi Hadid chose to wear my earrings on her own accord to a private Vogue Magazine breakfast hosted by Anna Wintour in NYC. She posted selfies wearing my Day Dreamer Dangles on her Instagram feed later that day. It was July 16th, and I will never forget that day. It was truly a moment I will remember forever!

My pieces are meant to last a really long time. They can be worn over and over and still hold up like they did when they were purchased. The designs I create are completely from my imagination and inspiration, and each piece is handmade in Austin, TX, making them unique in their own special way. My art practice embodies the idea that statement jewelry shouldn’t be uncomfortable. They are created with virtually zero waste and are ethically handmade and assembled. My brand is unique because it joins the high fashion world and sustainable practices together, at an accessible price.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
Honestly, if there was a time to be a woman in this crazy world of ours, it’s now!!! Texas was recently ranked as the #1 state in the US for thriving female entrepreneurs. I feel like there are so many avenues, resources, groups and just an overall community of supporters that are willing to help women bloom and succeed in whatever they set their mind to. This may be my view since I am in this profession, but I feel like women have countless opportunities just waiting for them to pursue and succeed in art and design fields.

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Chelsea Francis, Daniel Nguyen, Genevieve Watson

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