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Rising Stars: Meet Mallory Shepler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallory Shepler. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My work is heavily influenced by the place I live. Growing up by the lake in Northern Michigan, my senses have always drawn to the surrounding landscape. Providing not only inspiration but a feeling of peace and place. And it is this love of home that has nurtured my creativity. The natural world is full of vibrant colors and textures, particularly those Lake Michigan sunsets. It is all very intentional, down to the finest detail. As an artist, I create pieces that embody this sense of beauty and detail. My jewelry is whimsical, colorful, and organic yet refined, layered with femininity. I believe adornment should be celebrated as an expression of personal style and identity. I design to connect, and it is through this connection that I am able to share my vision with others as they in turn honor their own beauty. I have been metalsmithing since I first learned in college at the University of Michigan back in 2008. My goal is to grow every single day as a designer and metalsmith, always looking for new ways to challenge myself. That is the beautiful thing about pursuing your dreams, you will never stop learning and growing, but you must embrace the challenges that come with that. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I face obstacles and challenges every single day, but I do my best to view them as growing pains. At the end of the day, if I feel exhausted, defeated, or stressed or all of the above, I ask myself “did you learn from this?” “Could you have done this a year ago?” “What will I change in the future?” No matter what type of obstacle I face, if you are consistent and focused, that is simply the best you can do. One thing that always resonated with me is the phrase “the slower the growth, the deeper the roots” good things take time, love, and patience. My biggest piece of advice for running a small business, if you don’t know how to do something or don’t know where to start, ask for help no matter what it is. That was my biggest struggle, but you will find the right support system. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
All of my pieces are hand fabricated in sterling silver and 14k gold with a mirror finish polish. I use the highest quality gemstones with beautiful color and clarity. 

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
This is a necessity, and one of my biggest challenges, but you must become comfortable with being uncomfortable if you are going to start your own business. What helps for me is to do something that puts me out of my comfort zone every day, no. matter how small, it will still have a big impact on your drive. Even little shifts are important. I also believe the more you risk, comes back as a nice little nudge of motivation to really make things happen. 

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