Hello, My Name Is

Welcome! This is my first post of what will (hopefully) become many. I have another blog that I am finally comfortable writing on. With this one I think I'm just not sure exactly what my voice should be. I'll get the hang of it eventually....maybe around the 20th post.

Well, the beginning is a good place to start: That's me, my name is Justine, my friends call me Bean, and that is where I got the idea for the name of my new jewelry company; singleB. I grew up in the northwest, joined the Navy after high school, served for 5 years as a Chinese linguist in Hawaii, returned to the civilian world, studied Chinese language and culture along with the fine arts at the University of Oregon. After I graduated from college, I moved to China for 2 years and studied international and comparative law and politics at Johns Hopkins/Nanjing University. Finally realizing that I had almost zero interest in being a lawyer or a diplomat, I moved back to the U.S. and attended an intensive goldsmithing course in San Francisco. I have been making jewelry since I was a teenager (remember spending too much money at Harlequin Beads, Kellie?). I love art and I mainly saw myself as a painter or illustrator. But I've always loved making things with my hands, and I'm a perfectionist by nature with an obsession for detail, so making small pieces of perfection seems to suit me. And now you know my life story. I live in Portland (the left-coast one), with a little striped pug named after the Nobel prize winning author of The Tin Drum, and his nemesis, Dieter (AKA the littlest Pug). Now you know everything.

Coming next post: "A Little Something About Design"