We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthe Wosczyna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthe, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Connecting with my customers is key to the success of my brand. Offering unique and affordable jewelry is just the beginning. When I am at a show, I truly enjoy giving my shoppers a peek ‘behind the curtain’ into my creative process. To this purpose, I like to create a piece during an art show. In this way I can showcase my materials and tools to customers. Often, an unfinished piece allows me to explain details that would not be obvious to the casual observer. A large portion of my brand success is from the connection that I form with my customers. It is not just the selection of styles and colors, it’s that human element where we really understand each other. That’s what makes it all worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Anthe Wosczyna of Little Muse Designs creates intricate beadwoven jewelry which depicts the mandala, the Sanskrit word for circle, community and connection. Since childhood, Anthe loved to examine her surroundings so closely that hidden designs and colors would emerge. These observations would inspire her to create paintings, seed bead mosaics and jewelry in her youth. Anthe’s young adult life was also immersed in artistic endeavors, including education at Art Center College of Design and Loyola Marymount University. Throughout her professional life in the corporate world, she maintained a connection to her love of art by creating miniature porcelain vessels. Her enduring interest in intricacy has evolved into individually beadweaving the smallest Japanese and Czech glass seed beads, antique French steel beads, gemstones, pearls and Swarovski crystals into intricate mandala patterns with a needle and high quality beading thread. From her palette of literally hundreds of seed bead colors, she creates jewelry that is durable, unique and versatile. Each piece is handcrafted in her studio at the foot of the mountains in Sierra Madre, California, a beautiful area which is the source of inspiration for her designs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
After a rainy day in l.A., I would take them to the Getty and stand on the cantilevered viewing platform and take in the L.A. basin in all its glory. Then it’s on to Adana Restaurant in Glendale for amazing Middle Eastern food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My creative life is buoyed by the loving support of my husband, Carlos,, as well as family and friends. They spark my creativity and add much joy to my process.