What’s the name of your business, what do create and sell and how did you get your start?
Upper Metal Class is a minimalist cool jewelry line with a hint of light-hearted fun that all started as a fun therapeutic hobby, but happily turned into a passion.
Who is Upper Metal Class?
Upper Metal Class originated from Los Angeles, CA by designer T and now operates from Portland, OR. There is a love and passion that is brought into each handmade piece of jewelry and it resonates throughout the designs. It’s subtle yet makes a big statement of less is more giving a sense of strength and confidence. The inspiration comes from architecture, construction, math, science, and the natural life all around us. They are the strong sleek lines + curves in buildings, imperfect yet beautiful cracks in sidewalks, cool shapes in objects and the unbelievable patterns formed by nature. Along with the connection between people this all draws inspiration to Upper Metal Class.
What does indie mean to you? You can give a literal definition, choose to be a little esoteric or a combination of both.
Indie to me is being free from any restraints and being able to create anything to your own desire.
Were you an arty craftsy kid? What other types of crafty stuff to you do?
As a kid, I liked drawing cartoon characters, animals, cars, and making clothes for my dolls off of my mini sewing machine. I remember one time, I made a one piece bathing suit out of a cotton pink/white gingham fabric and sewed a string of beads for the straps. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but good enough to take her for a swim into the kiddie pool with me.
Share something silly about yourself.
I don’t like balloons, and I’m slightly afraid of them. The sound of them gives me the same feeling of a chalk board being scratched. So, no ballon animals for me, please.
What’s better all the money in the world or all the free time?
I would have to say all the free time in the world. I honestly enjoy staying up late nights and waking up early to get the most out of my days. If I could choose not to sleep and be able to spend more time doing anything I wanted then that would be a dream come true.
Share 3 things that you are crushing on right now from other indie artists/crafters/designers.
I have so many crushes, I can fill up an entire book, but as of now, I’m currently making plans for my wedding next year so these are my picks.
What’s new or in the works?
It’s been a long time coming for a Upper Metal Class website, it’s been in the works for the past 4 months now, and should be launched sometime in October. The design is going to be fun, colorful and exciting. And there will also be a blog featuring updated news, giveaways and new designs.