Today we’d like to introduce you to Megha Jain.
Megha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am Megha Jain. I live in Somerville, Massachusetts with my husband and our 3.5-year-old son. It all started after I got married and came to the US from India. It was all a different experience for me. Fashion designing as my background I was interested in paintings, making creative things from recycled stuff, etc. I started making acrylic paintings to make myself busy. One day I came across paper beads made from recycled magazines. I was curious how a magazine paper can be transformed into a piece of jewelry. I searched YouTube videos and Pinterest got the idea of the process. I loved it instantly. I started making it as a hobby and gifted few pieces to my friends and family. My husband and they all encouraged me to make more and take it further.
In between, I was blessed with my son and had all my time with him. I love being with him which is why I took a break from making Paper Jewelry. In the meantime, I started my Facebook page to at least showcase it on a larger scale and got a good feedback. Also got a wonderful opportunity in Berkeley, California to exhibit my jewelry and lot of people got interested and bought them too. I am looking forward to more such opportunity to reach out to jewelry lovers. Soon I will be opening online Etsy shop to sell my jewelry. Being a stay at home mom and having a hyperactive kid really burns out all the energy in me but I really want to continue my work and showcase it on all available platforms.
Currently, I started working on my jewelry again when my son is in (3 days) preschool and after his bedtime.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This is just the beginning (in the process) of my journey so can’t talk much about the struggles. Right now I am trying to balance out family time and work time. Being a mom it’s important right now to spend quality time with my son before he starts his full-time school. Whatever time I get I am trying to utilize and make something out of it.
Also, lived in 3 different cities Notre Dame for 2 years, Berkeley, California for 4 years and now in Boston for last 2 years I got to meet so many different people from different cultures and got different ideas and feedback from them. I know it will be hard at the beginning to set up and to reach out to the people but the most important thing is whatever I do (small or big business) customers should be satisfied.
Please tell us about Recycled Paper Jewelry by Megha Jain.
I make Paper Jewelry from recycled magazine papers. I pick colorful papers from all type of magazines which are ready for recycling. These vibrant colorful strips of magazines are rolled into different shapes and sizes and transformed into a beautiful piece of jewelry. I found it very interesting to see how the colors pops out of paper into the beads without adding any extra color. Als, it is coated with a glaze to make it look like real beads and then paired with small glass beads to finish it.
Being a homemaker I started as a hobby and now planning to start my online business on Etsy. At first, I was spectacle about whether this is something which will be attractive to others or not. But my friends and family really encouraged me that I can turn my hobby into a small business even from being at home. Till now I have made jewelry for friends and families only but I hope to continue and challenge myself to make it big one day.
These Recycled Paper jewelry is something which will enhance anyone’s personality and will be suitable for everyone. Its a long process of making but the end product makes it all worth it. I am looking forward for any opportunities where I can exhibit my work and get one on one interaction with creative people out there.
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