We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauryn Arciniega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauryn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Crafting has always been a hobby for me, regardless of the creative outlet. Growing up, I was always finding different ways to creatively express myself, whether it was through makeup artistry, drawing, jewelry making, photography, you name it. As the years progressed, that fire in me never faded and it slowly started progressing into a business. If I’ll be quite honest, I never really intended for my creativity to be a career path. Years ago, I started a self growth journey that lead me down the path of spirituality and I discovered the power of crystals and crystal healing. I used to go from crystal shop to crystal shop, discovering new pieces of jewelry that called my attention. After a while, the cost of purchasing all this crystal jewelry started to add up beyond what I was able to spend, so I decided to just buy the crystals themselves and figure out how to make the jewelry myself – after all, crafting always has been my thing. I slowly began to fall in love with blending these two passions of mine; healing crystals and crafting. After lots of practice, I learned how to confidently make my own pieces and I started to wear them everyday. Before I knew it, I began to get asked on a daily basis out in public about where I purchased my beautiful jewelry. I soon realized by the amount of demand I was getting when I would say “I make all my own jewelry!”, that this could actually be a business in the making. So, thats how Asteya Creations was born. Still to do this day, I continue to get better and expand my jewelry options to deliver the highest quality possible.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I do is called electroforming. Its a form of copper depositing/plating thats crafted into different forms of jewelry, such as rings, necklaces, earrings etc. I originally started out just wire wrapping crystals, then eventually wanted to expand my collections and make higher quality jewelry, so I taught myself how to electroform. The journey itself has not been easy. Electroforming requires a high amount of patience, attention to detail, commitment and hands on trial and error. I pour my heart and soul into every piece I make from start to finish. I think thats one of the biggest things that sets my pieces apart from the rest. I genuinely get so lost in every piece I make. It’s like I have a tunnel vision when making my jewelry and I have the strongest commitment to growing better as an electroforming artist on a daily basis. And I’m probably the biggest perfectionist you’ll ever meet LOL!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m vegan so I’m a bit biased on my favorite places, but I’d definitely have to hit up a few of my favorite restaurants – Sage Bistro in Pasadena, My Vegan in Pasadena, and Madre Tierra in Upland. Drinks and a fun night out would for sure be Beelmans DTLA! Its an entirely plant based bar with a full menu and drink options from craft beer to cocktails. Everything a vegan could ask for!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly, it may sound a little cliche, but my biggest supporters thus far have been my boyfriend and my closest friends. My boyfriend has been by my side since day 1 supporting me, hyping me up, going with me to every event, helping me out during the times I need it most and always encouraging me to reach for the stars. I would not be where I am now if I didn’t have his unconditional love and support. As far as my friends, Juan, Jenna, Krystal, Matt, Sandra and Sonia, they have all been a huge factor in my success due to their constant support, shoutouts, and faith in me. I love you all so very much and I appreciate every single one of you.