What made you decide to start your business?
I’m about to get personal, oh boy. Okay.
As someone who suffers from severe depression since childhood, finding things that bring me joy is something I don’t take for granted. I had bought a metal stamping kit after being hospitalized due to a suicide attempt, but ultimately gifted the kit to a metal smithing friend that I’d met at the hospital (who I won’t name for privacy reasons). Months passed and I thought about it some more, knowing I needed something more in my life to keep me grounded.
So, I bought another kit. And some blanks. And a hammer. And man, did I start hammering. Immediately, it felt right. I had found a passion I didn’t know I had. I can’t wait to continue expanding my knowledge of jewelry making, and really start to hammer out some unique designs. My products have found their way into shops all over the lower Cape, and it seems to really be taking off thus far. I cannot say how thrilled I am to have found something that both brings me joy and helps support me financially, due to my inability to work long hours thanks to physical and mental disability. Sometimes, life just works out! See more of Jordan’s work on her website Eastham Stamp!
How long have you been vegan and what made you decide to make that change?
I became vegan in late May of 2016. First, I had gone pescatarian. Then vegetarian. And then vegan! All within about a month or two. None of my family or friends thought I could stick with it due to the fact that I hate vegetables and was a total meat freak! Haha! But here I am, still vegan and proud of it. I owe a lot of my motivation behind going vegan to a friend named Michelle Dube, also known as The Vegan Fleetian on Facebook. She introduced me to farm animal rights, and there was absolutely no going back. Ultimately, though, don’t we all owe it to the animals who suffer needlessly at the hands of humans? They are always the reason behind a new vegan. Their silenced cries. Their terror. Their pain.
Knowing they feel and experience the world the same way I do— how could I pay someone to hurt them? We owe it to them and to the future to do the right thing.
Woah, that got dark. Sorry! Hahaha!
What is your favorite item that you create and why?
I really enjoy making my “CODDER” bracelets, as they were my first idea. I’m a proud Cape Codder, and appreciating my roots is important to me. This little island and its natural beauty has given me so much hope. However, I just recently came out with a horseshoe crab design that forces me to use an engraver- which I both love and hate to do! It’s less common than I’d like to make one that’s good enough to hit the shelves, but when I do, the feeling of achievement is unreal! Some designs I’m looking forward to will be my new Tree Hugger Animal Lover line… More about that to come soon, stay tuned!
Who are other vegan makers that are favorites of yours? Please tell me about them!
My favorite vegan maker of all time is Tamara from The Striped Cat Metalworks. I admire her work so much, and hope that one day I can be half as talented and as passionate as she is! I’ve had her do a few custom pieces for me and they are staples in my own and my friends’ wardrobes. I get so many compliments on her jewelry, and I can’t wait to purchase more in the future!
(thank you, Jordan! You are one of my favorite people for lots of reasons 🙂