We had the good fortune of connecting with Braxtin Angelo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Braxtin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After becoming a mom of my, now 9 year old, twins, I not only felt isolated, but my disorder really started to take over. I felt incredibly lost and sad, so I decided to start creating. At first I started off with wire and then I had a funny idea to create my friend a Taco necklace, hence leading me to my clay medium. Eventually, over the years, I discovered that within my own self healing, I wanted to inspire that healing spark in others, so I shifted to working on empowering art as well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought I’d be an artist that felt successful. Pain was, and still can be, all consuming. After my pregnancy, my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome seemed to really ramp up, which means all collagen in my body is mutated. My joints don’t stay where they should, along with organ issues & blood pressure problems, among other things. Life isn’t easy from day to day, but one thing that has kept me alive, has been my art. The constant infusion of pain is a challenging task and refocusing my pain into my art, has saved me. I’m permanently disabled and while so much of my future is up in the air, I’ve learned to live in the present more. My mission is infusing my art with empowerment and hope, so it’s reflected back to others. I also love being inclusive, so all my jewelry is actually created with the disabled in mind! My clasps are magnetic so putting a piece of jewelry on and off isn’t as challenging!
I mainly work with glass, so the reflection of thoughts and intention is literal.
My brand is empowerment for all. We all have challenges and that is what we individually know. None worse or better than the other, just different. I think it’s very important to not invalidate other people’s existence while evaluating our own. After all, our own walk of life is what makes us unique and it’s the only story we know from front to back. I encourage all to see their beauty in their darkness and to embrace it.
Everyone is worthy of love, understanding & acceptance, especially ourselves.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As a disabled person, I don’t get out as much as I’d love to, but there definitely are a few places, in the Seattle/Tacoma greater areas that are a must see! Beecher’s cheese is a must taste, in the Pike Place Market, along with walking the water front! Tacoma is filled with so many vintage shops, especially along 6th Street and there’s even a Cat Cafe, Cattfinated, that I adopted a cat from! Ya never know when you need another cat! The mountains and greenery is wonderful here, along with a few amazing places to even dig responsibility for your own crystals!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this story to not just my children, but also to my partner. My partner, Chaske, who has always supported me, be it with my art, emotional support, or helping me literally pop a joint back into place. You are my forever. To my friends Sadie & Val who are always there to offer their honesty, validation and encouraging words. I couldn’t have picked a better family to walk this small business journey with.
To my children; thank you for pushing me to want better. Not just for all of us, but for advocating for myself and teaching me how to grow from pain and refocus grief.
To my parents for always seeing more in me and supporting me through the times with my health, before we had answers.
Special mention to Marie. You always have faith in me and because of you, I have opportunities I never have before. Thank you for your friendship!

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