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Daily Inspiration: Meet Allie Townsley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Townsley. 

Hi Allie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Silversmithing kind of fell into my lap in 2018 when I didn’t have many set goals in life and wanted to try something new, and I decided to teach myself that something new. Because I am self-taught, each time I sit down at my bench is a new opportunity to learn more and constructively and honestly critique my work, and it’s such an incredibly rewarding process to be able to do so. For the first couple of years, I attended as many local markets as I could in Wichita and surrounding cities. Once the pandemic hit and we went into lockdown, I started to focus on building somewhat of a social media presence to help expand my clientele (and help pay the bills), and I was able to fully pour myself into this craft. I feel that this forced break from the normal day-to-day is when I truly felt alignment with where I was headed and where I want to go. I’m still new and the road is long, but I’m excited to keep going. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road, but it’s also been an enjoyable trip. Other than the occasional existential crisis during slow periods or falling into serious creative slumps, my biggest struggles lately are just with time management between my other job and pursuits, finding the elusive work-life balance, and prioritizing reasonable rest to avoid burnout. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in sterling silver jewelry using mostly turquoise, and I feel I am probably most known for stacker rings I started offering through Instagram story sales during lockdown. I felt it was a fun and easy way for people to shop or treat themselves at home on a budget, and it also gave me the great opportunity to slow down and refine some skills. There aren’t many silversmiths in Wichita, so I feel doing this craft alone sets me apart. I’m most proud of the person I am growing into because of this business I started and what I’ve been able to accomplish. 

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
The best part about being in the jewelry industry is that it’s constantly changing and recycling itself, much like fashion. There are trends or styles from the past that still make their way in the present, and there are some trends that gladly fade away. I think it’s a hard industry to try and predict any sort of shift, but I’ll be excited to see them as they come. 

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