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Handcrafted jewelry that’s one of a kind.
Divinely inspired fashions
with your individual style in mind.
You’re not one to be
so don’t wear that trendy dress.
Make it personal.
Let your individuality
show in all that you do.
Whether you’re young
or young at heart,
now is the time to express the real you.
Express-Thyself (Original Creations by Kathy Crayton) started out as a hobby of mine back in 1992. At that time, I really knew nothing about making jewelry and wearable art, but I had obtained a job working for a jewelry designer at a kiosk on the second floor of Waterside Pavilion in Norfolk, Virginia. On slow days I would pick up a tool and a bead or two and began to make handmade earrings. I was pleased with what I created, but I believed that if I obtained training and put forth an effort, I could improve my jewelry designing skills. Therefore, I decided to follow my artistic instincts and hone my craft in an attempt to excel in the art of jewelry making and handmade clip on earrings.
My family, friends and co-workers loved the handmade pieces that I created so much that they started to buy my one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” as gifts for special occasions. In 1994, I felt led to start a home based business which I named Divinely Inspired. During that season, I designed fashions, clothing, and jewelry for local entertainers and media personalities.
In order to expand my customer base, I began to design wearable handmade jewelry that would appeal to a more diverse, multi-generational population of buyers from all walks of life. Soon thereafter, I decided to include my own signature fashion clothing designs in my product line, as well as my uniquely designed home décor reuseable handmade items. In order to accommodate the evolution of my business, in 2014, I launched a new website and changed the name of the company to Express-Thyself.
When you purchase my specialty products, valued customer, I want you to view your choice as the ultimate means of personal self-expression. I also want you to recognize that your patronage brings me great joy. Why? Because helping you to express your inner you and producing designs with a focus on cultural diversity are my passion and the driving force behind my creativity. Therefore, I hope that you find Express-Thyself to be a venue where you can shop and find unique, whimsical pieces that capture the essence of you. May you proudly wear or display your purchases of artistic, one-of-a kind handmade creations that represent your authentic personality. In other words, please feel free to Express-Thyself!
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