Hello Makers | betsy & iya

Hooray! Hello Makers is back for 2015 and I thought I would kick-start this series back into action by introducing you to the very wonderful betsy & iya who are based in Portland, Oregon. I first heard of them from my friend Emily Barnes and was excited to visit their gorgeous shop and studio when I was in Portland last year working on Maker Spaces

Betsy & Iya | Makelight

I have a big love of jewellery and many, many years ago I used to make a few pieces that I would sell at local markets, so I always enjoy discovering new jewellers and it was a special treat to be able to see where the betsy & iya magic happens in the studio behind their cute shop.

Betsy & Iya | Makelight

In the shop they sell their own designs alongside gorgeous products from designers and makers in Portland and beyond. 

Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight

I really like what they have created with all the bits of metal that they don't use. How cool is this? 

Betsy & Iya | Makelight

And I really love their Maker Shrine, which is made from scraps of materials from over 40 different Portland makers and assembled by Betsy. 

Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight
Betsy & Iya | Makelight

I am now saving my pennies for my next trip to Portland in May and am excited about their new You + Me pt.1 collection, particularly this beautiful Uni Cuff Bracelet and La Luz Necklace

Betsy & Iya | Makelight

I can't wait for pt. 2 of the collection, which is coming later this year. 

I love this inspiring video about Betsy's inspiration and how her new collection was born. Each Monday besty & iya also share their Maker Monday videos on Instagram, which are definitely work a peek.  

Thank you Betsy for designing such wonderful things and for making your dream a reality for us all to enjoy and treasure! xo 

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