Angela finally discovers untapped creative genes
A CHANCE find in her mother's belongings ignited a passion and an undiscovered talent in recycling jewellery and bead work for Cooroy local Angela Pickles.
Angela said that a few years ago, she had found herself in a quandary while desperately looking for a hobby.
"My doctor had recommended I try something to help with my anxiety issues,” she said.
Over time, she tried to find an interest but only discovered an untapped artistic flair after her mother died.
"She was the one with all the talent. I had nothing,” Angela said.
"When I was packing up her estate, I found some jewellery-making tools and a whole load of old-fashioned jewellery and started playing around.”
Angela said the idea of reworking old jewellery and beads had really caught her fancy.
"The history of the pieces I re-purpose tell a story and that is what really makes my work so special and unique,” she said.
Angela gathered her stock from trading broken and unwanted jewellery but most of the pieces came from her customers.
"I currently have a lady who brings me stuff from her sisters, aunts, grandma and others,” she said.
"She is saving up for her own unique wind chime and I have no doubt she will get there.”
Angela said her love for jewellery and bead work caused her to re-evaluate her life three years ago.
"I decided one day that this is what I wanted to do, so I up and quit my job without having even sold one item,” she said. "I went all in to follow my dream.”
Angela made a total of $45 at her first market.
"Needless to say, I spent my first year very, very broke,” she said.
"But I always had faith in myself.”
Angela said she was now one of those lucky people who managed to make their hobby a business.
"I made a point of listening to my customers and constantly re-evaluated my work,” she said.
"People like what I produce and I get to do what I love.”
Regardless of her success, the small things still drive her.
"Getting on the treasure hunt to find that special gem to re-purpose is what makes everything worthwhile,” Angela said.
Angela Pickles Jewellery and Bead Work can be found at the Fishermans Rd Markets in Maroochydore every Sunday morning.