Quick Q’s with Sharon Neal of Boho Designs

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview John Tilley of SINJIN. After the interview, he asked me if I knew of Boho Designs, a local jewelry designer he often collaborates for photoshoots as well as fashion shows.  Of course, I had been introduced to Boho Designs during my days of covering events for Raw Baltimore.
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John helped me make the connection with Sharon Neal.  With over 30 years, Sharon along with her business partner are the masterminds behind Boho Designs. It’s a brand that infuses bohemian style with ethic influences that work perfectly with John Tilley’s garments.
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When did you realize you wanted to venture into jewelry design?
“Jewelry designing for me started when I was about 10 or 11 years old,” Neal said.  I  was stringing beads in my Dad’s Art class that he taught in the community.”
What inspired you to create Boho Designs?
“Boho Designs (Beauty of Handcrafted Originals) started in 2008 when I was showing my nephew how to create jewelry instead of    purchasing a mass produced piece from the store,” Neal said.  He caught on very fast so we decided to make and sell jewelry.”
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What was the first piece of jewelry you made for your business? How has your designs evolved since your first piece?
“The pieces that I created were simple headed earrings,” Neal said.  Now I created eclectic necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. I have bottom more intricate with my designs.”
 
Where do you get your design inspiration from? 
 
“My inspiration for some of my designs come from African Art influences with eclectic, bohemian vibes,” Neal said.
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Anything else you like to share?
“I just wanted to add entrenuership takes passion,” Neal said. You must really want to put in the time to drive your business. I do it for the love of the art of Boho Designs.”
Find out more about Boho Designs here: https://www.facebook.com/bohodesignsboutique
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