MAKERS MONDAY: Clover & Tine by Jessica Klaassen

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Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the creator of Clover & Tine jewelry. I am a mama to three little kids and a wife to my husband, Jared. I've always enjoyed being active and spending time outdoors. When I started dating Jared he introduced me to "shed hunting." Essentially shed hunting is searching for antlers that have dropped. Bucks shed their antlers each spring and grow a new set by fall. We enjoy hiking through the river hills near our home in search of these antlers. My business was born after seeing a picture of an antler tip necklace on Instagram and thinking, I could totally make that! After persuading my husband to let me use some of his antlers I starting designing and creating!

I create beautiful jewelry made with deer antlers. All of the antlers used in my creations have been naturally shed (dropped), so no animals were hurt in the process. No two antlers are the same, so each piece is unique. The antlers I use have been picked up from members of my family (most likely my husband). Our whole family enjoys the adventure of shed hunting though, even the little ones join in on the fun. Recently I added a Mica necklace to my shop as well. Mica rock is a raw beauty that is found in the river hills where we hike.

Why do you create?
I think I've always enjoyed creating things. It's fun dreaming something up and then seeing it through!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
Since starting I have become more confident in my ability to design and create jewelry. I have had to try and fail a number of times in order to figure out what works well for me.

What is the most rewarding part of creating? 
I enjoy seeing other people excited about my creations and that inspires me to keep on creating.

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What are some of the challenges you face as a creator?
As a mom of three little ones it can be hard to find the time and energy to play around with different designs and keep the creative juices flowing.



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