We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonya Baynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonya, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by color and beautiful things. When I see beautiful jewelry it just makes me want to create. When I’m commissioned by someone to create a bracelet for them, I look for the prettiest beads I can find in the colors they want. What makes me the happiest is when my customers are happy with what I’ve created for them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I simply love what I do. What sets me apart from others is the love I have for my craft, for me it’s not about the money or how much I can make, it’s about creating a piece of jewelry that I’m proud of. Taking care in the quality of the supplies and beads that I use. Knowing that what I created is bringing joy to whom I created it for. I’m proud and excited when I have events to do, When someone calls because they have seen my bracelets at a past event and asks me to participate in their event, that makes me proud. I have gotten to where I am with a lot of hard work. I’m not where I want to be but I’m farther along than I was. It wasn’t easy but when I put in the work things start to happen. I had to learn to take the good with the bad and keeping my faith that things would work out for the best. I’ve learned if you want results you can’s slack off you have to put in work to succeed. I want the world to know that I take pride in what I do. All my bracelets are made with semi-precious and precious stones. I use nothing but quality supplies in making my bracelets and I love what I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If we were not in the mist of a pandemic I would take her Downtown to Skyview Atlanta so we could ride the ferris wheel and see the city. We would also go to the Georgia Aquarium to see the Beluga whales and other sea life. We would dine on hot dogs and a frosted orange at the varsity. Take in a concert or a play and maybe spend a couple of days visiting Savannah.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to Keisha Smith for noticing me and recommending me to Voyage Atlanta Magazine, to Voyage Atlanta Magazine for choosing me and to my family and friends who all supported me in one way or another.