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Follow Friday - Irit Sorokin Designs

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As a part of the new Follow Friday series, LanaBetty is very excited to present artists, businesses, and a variety of talented makers and share you, the reader, a little insight into why we all do the things we do. What inspires us, what drives us, and a few tid-bits of advice from the business owners themselves. Do you know of an awesome business?! Is your business totally radical awesome? LanaBetty is always looking for fun and exciting businesses to blog about. Complete this form for consideration. Irit Sorokin Designs - Owned and operated in Vancouver, BC by none other than the incredibly kind and talented Irit Sorkin. I first met Irit and saw her amazing assortment of handmade jewelry at a Portobello West Market. She is easy to chat with and is very much in tune with her products and which jewels will flatter which customers. As I've watched customers leave her booth, I am never surprised to see their smiling faces! Check her out THIS WEEKEND at the Nifty for Fifty Event at Heritage Hall.

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ISDesigns2 What do you make/sell/service do you provide? I design jewelry. I have a good eye for design and an ability to use colour to create pieces that make a bold and sophisticated statement with an organic feel to it. I am also an avid traveler and have lived in many countries around the world. These experiences, along with my love of art, architecture and fashion are major influences in my jewelry designs. I like to think of my jewelry designs as wearable art. What inspires you? For me, designing jewelry is a seductive endeavor. My inspiration comes from different places; living in and traveling to different parts of the world, architecture, art, nature, and music. I look at the stones and find that there is a real calming sense to them. It's true what they say about the power of crystals. ISDesigns3 When and why did you start Irit Sorkin Designs? I was working as an interior decorator and started making jewelry to help me relax — I didn’t plan on turning it into a business. I fell in love with the stones and their colors and impulsively bought too many, so I realized I had to do something with them. I designed a few pieces of jewelry and decided to try to see if a few stores would sell them for me. I approached two stores and both just loved my pieces and in that first month I sold most of my pieces. That was my Aha! moment. I realized how much I loved designing jewelry and that I could also turn it into a business. ISDesigns4 What’s new for the upcoming season? Lots of gold and large chunky stones with all colors, especially green and blue. I am also using some vintage finds and beads that I picked up in Paris and Turkey. I always have new products as I hardly ever repeat a design. I’m inspired by trends in fashion and colours. Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Shop Local: Pieces - 3580 Moncton, Steveston Village, Richmond, BC Jeweliette - 1090 Hornby Street,  Vancouver, BC Bodacious - 109-1533 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC Forever Young Jewelry - 3071 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC The Urban Rack - 2207 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Chloe Angus Designs - 4273 Dunbar, Vancouver, BC Fine Finds Boutique - 1014 Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver, BC 32 Books - 3185 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC House of Jewels - 953 Nichola Street, Vancouver, BC The Urban Rack- 5211 Ladner Trunk Road, Ladner, BC Local Events: Nifty for Fifty April 14 Got Craft? April 27 & 28 Portobello West Market May 25 & 26

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