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the skinny pig origin story

By March 13, 2016skinny pig

What does a Skinny Pig have anything to do with jewelry?

People constantly ask me why I named my handmade jewelry line, “Skinny Pig Designs.”  The complicated answer is that a family member gave me a stuffed piggy when I was a little girl and every night, I’ve slept with it since then.  That was probably around the same time that I started beading and making jewelry.

The short answer is just because it’s cute and fun, which reflects what I think wearing jewelry should be like.  I’m naturally a very practical person and I usually prefer gifts that are functional and serve a purpose.  For example, every Christmas, I usually ask my family to gift me things that I need like socks or underwear.  Sometimes I think that jewelry goes against that idea because when you really think about it, it’s not very functional and doesn’t somehow make your life any more easier or convenient.  So why do people covet jewelry all around the world?

“…I truly believe that jewelry is a beautiful form of art that enables both the creator and the person wearing it to celebrate creativity, something that is unique to human beings.”

I’ve learned that sometimes, it’s the things that might seem the most impractical and frivolous that actually can make our lives a whole lot better and more exciting.  Maybe jewelry won’t necessarily keep you warm the way that clothes would or it won’t fill your tummy the way that foot could.  However, I truly believe that jewelry is a beautiful form of art that enables both the creator and the person wearing it to celebrate creativity, something that is unique to human beings.  Celebrating this human characteristic allows us to feel good and that within itself is justification enough of why it’s important.

Basically speaking, just like there might not always be a practical explanation why people like jewelry, there isn’t really much of a practical explanation why I named my brand “Skinny Pig Designs.”  The truth is that in the same way that I love jewelry, I simply just love the name, “Skinny Pig“.