If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life!
~ Marc Anthony
My name is Joe Jasinskas, and I've always been passionate about art and design. In my youth, I had a small jewelry business and made simple wire work jewelry and polymer clay figurines for my classmates and friends. As I progressed through school, and my art, I had an ever increasing interest in sculptural design, web design, drawing, and painting.
I attended college for graphic design, and quickly realized it wasn't for me. The school I was attending was using dated techniques, and was far too simplistic to hold my attention.
From there, I progressed my career through my second obsession, technology.
For the past 18 years, I have been working for a computer and electronics distributor. I'm currently a senior product manager in charge of a $100M portfolio selling in to major retailers like Best Buy and Staples. It is a fast-paced, stressful, and far too often, thankless job.
Over the years, I have become less and less interested in the cut-throat, corporate life. Work has driven me to bouts of depression and anxiety. I have an overwhelming need to get back to my roots in art and design.
In November 2017, I made the leap and started Designed by Joe. Coming back to jewelry meant rebuilding skills and techniques I haven't used for over two decades. It also meant re-wiring my brain back toward creative thinking. I've immersed my self in thousands of YouTube videos, hundreds of books, and a handful of in-person workshops to learn whatever I can to progress my craft.
I started with simple wire wrapped designs in copper, and have since progressed to more traditional goldsmithing in Argentium Silver. Every day, and every project is a new challenge and interesting learning experience.
What I love about this art more than anything is creating a custom piece of jewelry for a client, and seeing their eyes light up when they receive it. It has been an absolute joy, and a breath of fresh air from my current career. This is what was missing from my life for far too long.
I'm looking forward to continuing my journey down this new road. If all goes well, eventually, I'll make this my full-time career.