jaylinb21 on Aug 21, 2016
quality of the chain isn't great but the locket is holding up beautifully
itsdrue92 on Aug 12, 2016
love them! sorry it took so long to give a review!
I want my designs to make people happy
My name is Wen and I make colorful jewelry out of my home studio in the sunny San Francisco Bay Area.
In my previous life, I was a senior research analyst working at the Judicial Council of California. My job was to provide evidence-based research data to support policy making in the judicial council in the areas of family law and juvenile delinquency and dependency court administration. Very different from what I am doing now, huh?
I grew up in Taiwan in the mid -70s and 80s. The mentality during that time in terms of education is for a child to just focus on the academic and nothing else. Get a good grade, pass the entrance exams, an then get into the best public high schools and colleges. I did not question much when I was growing up. I studied hard and got into the good schools all the way. I did it right in every aspects. It's funny that my dad is an artist. He is a composer and plays piano and violin. However, getting a good grade in the academic is still a safer way to go, he told me. Though I always know I have a thing for beautiful things. I was very good at making things since I was 6 or 7 and art classes were my favorite in school. I once sew a purse for myself out of leftover white linen fabric used in my grandpa's funeral (if you are from Taiwan you'll know what I was referring to).
I came to the United States in 1995 to pursue my graduate degrees in Educational Psychology. I was amazed about all the local craft fairs and amused about all different majors that I haven't heard about when I was in Taiwan such as textile designs, for example because it belongs to vocational schools or junior colleges. I finished my degrees and enjoyed the time in the graduate schools. I finally got my Ph.D. in early intervention and policy research and was happy to get out of the school for all those years. Six years fast forward, I found that I could just be as proud and happy in creating stuff to make other people happy too. Thanks to Etsy. It provides an easier way for me to discover this truth.
My jewelry has gone through a lot of changes but I've tried to stay true to expressing what I love and who I am. I am inspired by things around me and try to capture the beauty in them. I adore vintage jewelry so I am drawn towards glamorous pieces and colorful creations. What drives me keep creating and making is when I receive message from my customers like this one from Maya in Pittsburgh that she posted on Sora Designs' facebook: "I am wearing my double happiness necklace today and cannot tell you how many people have stopped me to comment on it. I personally love it so much. I love all of my Sora Designs!!! Thank you for making such beautiful pieces that make me and others smile!"
I recently started a new collection and put them in another Etsy shop under "Sora Designs Black". For this collection, I am focused on minimal lines and shapes using geometric findings and will continue to create a smaller seasonal collection. Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/soradesignsblack
I really enjoy creating custom pieces for my customers for their weddings and that special handmade gift. I encourage you to challenge me with your ideas!
All the beautiful pictures you see in my shop were taken by my talented husband who is a software engineer by day and my "in-house" (literally) photographer during weekends. My creations come to life in front of you through his photography.
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YuehWen (Wen) Chang
Owner, Maker, Designer
Wen's previous life is in the academic doing social science research. She quit her day job at the Judicial Council of California and to operate Sora Designs full time in late 2009.
Sora means "sky" in Japanese. I hope my creativity is as open as the sky.....nearly every item in this shop is a one-of-a-kind creation - handmade with love and reflections on nature, relationships, and hope.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Shipping on all orders is a flat $5 fee within U.S. and $0.50 for additional items. USPS has doubled their rate for international package in 2016, if you are outside the U.S., the package comes with a padded mailer via First Class International Pakcge for $9.50(Canada); $14 everywhere else and $0.75 for additional items (again, additional charge to purchase insurence for the package).
Please verify that your shipping address is correct. I will not be held responsible for items shipped to the wrong address.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
In the unlikely event your piece breaks, I will repair it free of charge (less shipping costs) within 30 days of date of purchase. After that time, I may have to charge a small fee. Please email me first to discuss the nature of the repair required.
Do you accept custom orders?
I am open to custom orders.
If you see something in my sold section that you like, or something in my shop that you would prefer with different colors or other modifications-- feel free to contact me using Etsy's conversation tool and we'll work something out!