Jan's Accents - Earthy and sophisticated style
Janice Forrester never thought of herself as a creative person. She went from corporate to homemaker, but never once thought that being a designer was in the cards for her.
Forrester thinks of herself as a creative late bloomer, as most of her professional life was spent in the corporate arena. When she had children, she decided to stay home with them as they became her priority, and she wanted to make time for them.
"Then they (her children) made me redundant, in a sense, when they went to school. While they were at home, you were so busy that you could not think, and after that, you needed something to do. I started designing as a hobby," she told Flair.
She started with clothing, but it was her jewellery making and sandals that really blossomed into a business. She spent sleepless nights creating the pieces just for fun. That was how she discovered her passion. She started with beading, until she met and fell in love with metals. Now her jewellery is made with metals, gemstones, coconut, leather, wood, and shells as well as glass and other contemporary material.
She later dabbled in making sandals, and now she is more known for her sandals than her jewellery.
Jan's Accents started in 2011. Forrester designs sandals, jewellery and belts, covering almost every accessory a woman could need.
She admits that she is motivated by seeing people looking "smashing" in her designs. "There is a profound spiritual connection when I'm creating. At those times, I feel very close to God - the Ultimate Creator. There is a strong sense that I am utilising a God-given gift, it's like a divine download takes place," she explains.
She hopes to one day expand with a men's line as she has been receiving requests.
Her favourite pieces to create are, earring-and-bracelet combos, "maybe because I like to wear a long, dangling earring with a complementing cuff bracelet to complete an ensemble," she told Flair.
She hopes to one day export her products, but she has already expanded moving from 11 South Avenue to her new location on Hope Road.
Her advice to fellow designers is: "Don't do it only for the money. Yes, we all have to eat, but find your passion and start at that point. Also, fear is the enemy to creativity. Shake it off and go for it!"
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