I first met Sarah Short through her business Instagram page for Chival Jewelry. I loved her gorgeous beaded earrings and the mission behind each pair she sells, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting trafficked women. And through our partnership, I have come to count her kind, receptive and humble demeanor as a blessing in so many ways. But as a jewelry maker and designer, Sarah's faith plays as big a role in her art as the women she supports and inspires through it.
Not only does she meticulously bead each pair of earrings by hand but she also prays over each pair she sends off as a well-wishing for each customer. Love is literally sewn-in and poured over each of her pieces. Sarah consistently creates new designs inspired by nature, color, and Native American patterns. Her goal? To do what she loves, design, create and allow each woman who purchases her jewelry to have a piece of wearable art.
But it didn't start out that way, it started out with a love for creating art and the feeling of being called to weave her faith into each gorgeous creation. The spiritual journey is just as important to Sarah as her artistic one. There is so much more to these pieces than meets the eye.
I recently did a little Q&A with Sarah to introduce her to all of you! Here is what she had to say:
1.) What's your favorite thing about making jewelry? And how did you begin making it?
When I was 16 I was invited to a friend's birthday party. She hosted it at a local bead shop, where each guest made their own bracelet. I fell in love! I often visited that shop through high school and college and even started my first 'business' when I was 16. I never stopped creating and always was looking for unique ways to make jewelry. I am self taught, and still am learning new techniques and mediums all the time. I love the process from beginning to end. It all starts with an idea, and sometimes ideas don't always come out the way I envisioned. It takes patience, practice and a unique eye to make it all come together. My favorite thing about making jewelry is wearing the final product. I love when someone tells me they like my earrings and I can start up a conversation about how it all started!
2.) What inspires/excites you? I am inspired by nature, art, movement, and baked goods. ;)
3.) What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I am an ice cream lover, and will not likely turn away most any flavor. But my favorite is at a local shop called Sundaes Graham Central Station. It's graham cracker ice cream with bits of chocolate and soft graham cracker. I could eat it forever! Actually, I am eating it while I write this ;)
4.) When you were little what did you wanna be when you grew up? I wanted to be in the circus. I think I still may want to be! It seems thrilling and adventurous, plus I enjoy entertaining people. The sequin costumes wouldn't be half bad either.
5.) What makes Chival Jewelry so special? I think what makes Chival special is that it is more than handmade jewelry. I want to inspire others, and show the beauty of Jesus through something small and colorful. He has given me a talent, and I want to use that talent to touch others. Each pair of earrings in prayed over, and I pray over a letter that I write to each individual who receives a package from me.
6.) Who do you most admire? I really admire Lucille Ball. She was a one-of-a-kind woman, who made a way for herself before her time. She was bold, hilarious and no-nonsense.
7.) What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Goofy, honest, and one of a kind.
8.) What is your biggest fear? Not living in the full purpose and potential that God wired me to be.
9.) What would be your absolute favorite way to spend a day? If I could spend my day doing anything, I think I would spend it traveling. I love being in a place that is so different from home. I love seeing something I've never seen before, trying new foods made by locals, and meeting people from other countries. Traveling makes for the greatest stories.
10.) What is your most valuable memory? That's a tough question! A lot of ideas come to mind, but I'll just share one. The time my parents took to be together, to still date each other through their 43 years of marriage really sticks out to me. I am fortunate to see a healthy marriage and to have a wonderful example of what it's like to stick through the tough times. Once in awhile my parents would drop my twin brother and I off at our grandparents for a weekend. They had the chance to spend one on one time together, while we were spending time learning to crochet, work with wood, and bake. That's where I fell in love with creating things!
You can now find the new pieces (pictured above) from Chival by Sarah in the shop!
Hope you enjoyed this little Q&A, come back soon!