Meet Elysia Rivera
Hi, nice to meet you! Tell us about yourself and what you create.
Aloha, my name is Elysia and I am the craftsman behind ‘EHLIESHA’. I was born in the Philippines, raised in Hawaii, and currently living in Las Vegas. I design and create dainty and minimalist gold-filled & sterling silver jewelry. Pieces that can be worn alone or perfect for layering.
What was your AHA moment?
My AHA moment was when I realized I have been journaling for so many years and stumbled upon old entries. I was reading into the most euphoric and dark times in the last ten years of my life. That’s when it hit me, I wanted to create a product line that holds stories and not just for looks.
Where do you draw your energy and inspiration from?
I worked for a job that made me feel ‘obligated’ and I had no passion for. I lost myself in the process and fell into such dark times. Until I decided to go out and travel, meet new people from all walks of life, and do something because I wanted to. I began to love myself and everything else fell into place. I draw my energy and inspiration from my family, travels, and everything that happened in between. I wanted others out there to proudly embrace their battle scars and to remind them that they are not alone.
What are you go-to’s as far as podcasts, books or blogs?
My go-to books at the moment is anything from the talented novelist & poet, Lang Leav. Her poems are raw, uncensored, and relatable. But I have two books that I held onto for ten years and can read them a million times; “Chinese Cinderella: The true story of an unwanted daughter” by Adeline Yen Ma and “The Tattoo” by Chris McKinney.
What is the most challenging part of running your business?
I honestly thought running your own business was a piece of cake until I had to run my own business. The most challenging part of running my business is managing my time wisely. Dividing my attention between the business, personal life, and the gym can drain you physically.
What is your favorite part of running your business?
Despite being tired, my most favorite part of running my business is knowing that I am losing sleep over something I am passionate about. To be able to create freely and watch my vision unravel in front of my eyes.
What is the best advice that has been given to you?
“Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Who cares what they think or say. Don’t give up, Princess.” My fiance often reminds me when I feel overwhelmed and on the verge of throwing in the towel.
What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?
My favorite thing about the handmade community is just that, it is handmade. I am often introduced to new ideas from such talented artist that are not mainstream. Handmade community has the most supportive group of people because we all understand the struggles of late nights, the pain in failing, and the feeling of success.
Who are some people you admire or look up to in this community?
I admire the two ladies behind The Handmade Pop-up, Sam and Grace. How amazing is it that two people who have never met in person (I learned this from Sammy’s post) can put together such an amazing community. I also admire an artist that I discovered from The Handmade Pop-up previous event, Vaness Li. I was fortunate enough to own a personalize painting from her and you can see just how passionate she is about work through the details.
If you could work on that one dream project, what would it be?
If I could work on one dream project, it would be to start a non-profit organization for young girls and women struggling with depression, suicide, and self-esteem.