Gogoshebogo is pronounced just like it looks – go go she bo go! I couldn’t find a real word that summed up the wide range of things I enjoyed making without boxing me in, so I made one up. I didn’t know at the time that my focus would become nature and yoga-inspired jewelry, but since my definition of gogoshebogo is simply happy, I feel like it still fits. Plus it is fun to say!
The inspiration came from my dog, Indigo. Sadly, Indigo died of lymphoma in 2015, but I did get eleven amazing years with my girl. Gogo was especially happy when it was time to go for a walk. As soon as she saw the leash, she’d jump in circles. And that girl could jump! That’s the kind of enthusiasm I want to channel. Plus, I didn’t have to be firstname.lastname@example.org or some nonsense. Gogoshebogo is one of a kind. And while that is not the most efficient way to sell jewelry, especially online, it remains my favorite: one of a kind (in Etsy-speak, OOAK) pieces that have a particular meaning. While I love making simply for the sake of creating, it is so much more meaningful to know where a piece is heading when I create it. Custom orders truly are my favorite.
The content of my Gogoshebogo Etsy shop has morphed along with my interests. I’ve explored many different jewelry making techniques: everything from seed beads (never again!) to resin to metal-smithing. Today it primarily features my yoga jewelry and nature inspired jewelry designs. I love being able to create “natural” textures like seashells, leaves and bark in my metal clay jewelry, or to transfer my drawings and writings onto clay. I also love the natural beauty of gemstones and enjoy working with all types of metal.