About the Artist
Hi y’all! I’m Elle Hinnah, shop founder, designer, maker, and all other titles that go with being a one woman handmade business.
My entire life I’ve been passionate about creating things. When I was very young, people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I would cheerfully reply ” an artist!”. Throughout my life, I was guided away from this dream, with good intentions, to something more “practical”; business. I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Human Resources. In 2013 with the anticipation that I wanted to be a mother and be home with any children that I may have, I decided to quit my corporate job in an HR department to pursue being an entrepreneur. My ideas were unclear, and I adopted a “figure it out as a go” mentality about this new pursuit. I knew I wanted to do something creative, and I grew up sewing (I started when I was only 4 years old), so I decided to try my hand at making baby quilts. While this was a fun endeavor, it was unsuccessful, as everyone and their mother in the Midwest either quilt themselves, or knows someone that quilts. So, with that flop, I was left to start over and refocus. What did I want to do? I wanted to do something where I could be truly artistic. I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I wanted to do something that entwined a lot of my interests… so I set my sights on designing and creating jewelry.
Fast forward nearly 4 years from quitting my corporate job and I’m a single mom to a bouncy toddler and I’m running a full time handcrafted jewelry business by myself. To say life is busy is an understatement, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
Jewelry has been a special thing in my life. I have so many pieces passed down from family members that have a story, and because of that, a special place in my heart. I wanted to be able to create the same things for other people, something that will be heirloom quality. It’s a part of so many families’ stories. Maybe is starts with a gift while people are dating, then it’s an engagement ring, or wedding bands, anniversary gifts, special occasions like a graduation and they’re passed down from generation to generation. I love to hear from customers that I’ve created a piece that developed a story just like that. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at this, after all, this one of a kind jewelry I make is crafted here in the “Heartland”, so where else would it have a place other than in people’s hearts?