So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
I was really excited when I found Nomenoem Jewellery on Instagram because I was just totally WOWed by their selection of earrings, rings and pendants! I mean how brilliant? I just love how they use natural elements. Their pieces are made with real plants, flowers, fynbos, seaweed, shells and even lichen! Just too stunning for words. Really special, thoughtful gifts for loved ones or for yourself 🙂
We chatted to the lovely Mariet, and she had this to say to us!
Tell us a little bit about your business.
My life has always revolved around nature, with its beauty and mystery being a central and unchanging source for my creativity. It has been a dream of mine to marry the fascinating natural scenes I encounter within a permanent medium, displaying its beauty with skillful design. Through this passion, Noemnoem Jewellery was born. The pieces I create are hand made and just as unique as the environments from which they come. No two pieces are the same. I love nature so I make sure to source my materials sustainably and hope to create more love and appreciation for the natural world through my business.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
I feel that I am still very much at the start of the journey of Noemnoem Jewellery but I think it’s important to continually focus on having fun by experimenting and playing.
Some of my most beautiful designs have been created because I made a ‘mistake’ which led me to discovering something new.
I also think it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself, and enjoy the process with it’s ups and downs.
Some things won’t happen as quickly as you’d like, but it’s amazing when you look back at the things that seemed really difficult at the start and to realize your progress.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
My hope for Noemnoem Jewellery is to see the business grow and to create opportunities for work for people from my local community in Greyton. I’d also love to be able to open a studio space and shop where I can share my work and the skills I’ve learnt with others.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Go for it! Start small and just do what you can with what you have.When I started the journey with Noemnoem Jewellery as a business I decided to just spend ten minutes every day on something related to bringing my idea into being, that tiny commitment helped me to get the ball rolling and from there things just started to fall in place.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Being able to share my studio space with my pet bunny Hopla and being able to follow the magical creative process, rather than having to follow strict working hours or a schedule.
How has lock down affected you?
The lockdown has given me a lot of time to explore the concepts of creativity and rethink productivity. Since Noemnoem Jewellery consists only of myself (and Hopla) at this time, I was fortunate to continue creating and focusing on exploring new ideas in my jewellery.