Spotlight On Handmade Michigan

Being an avid supporter of my local economy, I would like to introduce to you for the first time a new series that I will be doing every Thursday called Spotlight on Handmade MI. This spotlight will feature a collection of fun local handmade business entrepreneurs in my beautiful state of Michigan. Finding these fun shops was no problem and to start off my series, I'm featuring StudioLes.

Starting up her jewelry business 8 years ago, Leslie from Franklin wanted to create jewelry that was more tailored to her. She started off just making pieces for herself, but it quickly grew to passing on these beautiful pieces to her family and friends and then showing up on local boutique store shelf's, jewelry shows and finally on Etsy.

StudioLes features beautiful pearl, crystal and gemstone jewelry that is stunning and spectacular in style. Working mostly in the evenings and week-ends, she tries not to force things. "I try to stay open and follow my own creative patterns," says Leslie.

Red Hot Bracelet $45.00
Leslie is no new newbie to design as she's also an Architectural Designer and a co-owner of a mechanical company.

"I love all things natural (and manmade too!) and cannot help myself from following the lead of something that catches my head, heart or eye! I'm compelled to explore the possibilities of things (tangible or not). I love the journey from concept to construction, of what's seen in my minds eye. From an Architectural point of view, an Engineering, and even a Jewelry making point of view, the possibilities are endless," says Leslie. 

So what are some of StudioLes other local handmade MI shop favorites in and around Etsy? She mentions she is so new to the clan but loves the work of Benjamin2008, uglyclothes, mypinksugarlife and your's truly, KaliahDesigns

You can find StudioLes on Etsy and be sure to let her know that Kaliah Designs sent you her way!

If you would like to be included in Spotlight on Handmade Michigan, please send me an e-mail at adriane[@]kaliahdesigns[dot]com.