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Behind the Design, Spotlight on JoAn Dewey


Spotlight on Lauren's Hope designer, JoAn Dewey

JoAn portrait 2Today, I’m catching up with our fantastic jewelry design manager, JoAn, to get a little insight into her design process and learn a bit about the brain behind designing medical ID bracelets for Lauren's Hope.

Jenna: So, you've been designing medical jewelry with Lauren's Hope for six years now! How did you get into jewelry design?

JoAn: When my daughters were very young I was a stay at home mom and decided to take my love of jewelry to the next level once my girls started pre-school. I took a jewelry making class at a local bead shop and loved the opportunity it allowed me to express my creative side. My first piece of jewelry was a colorful set of earrings with a matching bracelet and necklace. After that first taste of jewelry design I was hooked!

Jenna: What do you enjoy most about designing and crafting medical ID jewelry?

JoAn: What I enjoy most about jewelry design is being able to create something unique that has never been seen before. I love working with colorful beads, textures and the ability to be creative. The most rewarding feeling for me is when I have an order on my desk with two or three of my jewelry designs! I love how I can design something beautiful, modern and life-saving.

Jenna: Of all the designs you've created can you share with our readers a few of your favorites? Tell us a bit about the story behind your favorite designs as well.

C298 La Fiesta with tagJoAn: My favorite designs are G18 (Athens), C182 (Little Black Dress) and C298 (La Fiesta). The Athens was one of the very first medical ID bracelets that I designed in my 6 years at Lauren’s Hope. I really enjoy the textured silver beads in this bracelet along with the high shine of polished sterling silver beads. The Little Black Dress is a staple for every woman because every woman has at least one LBD in their closet. My newest design La Fiesta has me smitten because of its eclectic design and pops of color.

Jenna: Is there someone in your life who wears a Lauren’s Hope ID? If so, tell us a little about him or her, including whether it’s an ID you designed.

JoAn: Both of my parents wear Lauren’s Hope IDs. My dad is a Veteran and likes our medical ID dog tags because they remind him of his days in the Army. My dad is a heart patient and has his medical information and my phone number engraved on his dog tag. I created a medical ID bracelet for my mom which is made of Labradorite (a natural stone) because of its protective properties. My mom has the early stages of dementia and can become easily disoriented.  I have peace of mind knowing that when my parents are wearing their medical IDs I am just a phone call away.

Jenna: Name one person who inspires you and tell us why.

JoAn: Someone who inspires me is my mom. She immigrated to the US from Seoul, Korea with my dad and a baby in tow. She came to America, learned English and how to cook the foods my dad loved and had five more children. She, like me, was very crafty. She could look at a piece of clothing and make a pattern from a brown paper bag and sew it to perfection. She made clothes for my sisters and myself and sewed Barbie doll clothes from the scraps. She is 83 years old now and is showing signs of dementia. She is taking a drug now to help her regain her memory with the help of therapy.

Jenna: How do you feel when you hear customer stories or comments about your designs?

JoAn: I love designing medical IDs and when I hear from customers who love my designs I burst my buttons with pride!

Jenna: Are you working on any fun new designs at the moment?

JoAn: I am currently gathering beads for new 12 and under girl designs. I am inspired by the colors of spring and have been drawn to citrus hues with pops of pink.

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JoAn is a very talented designer! She always knows the latest styles and trends. I love her unique style!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 9:45 AM by Summer
I love JoAn's styles! Always so classic and elegant. I can't wait to add La Fiesta (C298) to my collection. It's the perfect piece for summer!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 1:16 PM by Grace
I am so thankful for your jewelry. I think when I see my dr next month he'll be happy about your jewelry. After years of telling me to get medic alert bracelet, not only can I show him one but a beautiful one at that. Thank You
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 1:53 PM by Deborah Byrd
Deborah, Thank you so much for your comment. We love designing medical ID jewelry that combines safety with style. We hope your doctor is pleased when he sees your new bracelet! Please let us know if you would like us to provide you with brochures to give to your doctor during your next visit.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 1:59 PM by Jenna
Your jewelry balances the need for something that can be worn everyday with high design. I appreciate that you're using your talent to design beautiful medical ID jewelry. Keep those beautiful bracelets coming!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 3:13 PM by LeAnn
Your designs always amaze me, I always enjoy seeing all the new styles you create!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 3:46 PM by Tracy
What an amazing designer!! all of your designs are soo BEAUTIFUL!! What great bracelets to have in my collection!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 3:58 PM by katy
I love your designs and the help you give me when I ask questions on how something should be made.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:09 PM by cherish
JoAn's designs are instant classics. La Fiesta is my favorite!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:36 PM by Caitlin
I love all of your designs. La Fiesta is my favovrite!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:41 PM by Marina
WONDERFUL! Nice classics with some bling. Good job staying up with the trends.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:45 PM by Cynthia
JoAn! You have a very distinguished and sophisticated style. Your designs are beautiful and there is something for everyone. I can't wait to see more! <3
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:49 PM by Marisa
Your designs are always so beautiful! I love how they surprise me in the variety you bring into creating. Each bracelet is so beautiful and yet unique.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 8:43 AM by Caitlin W
I am so happy to read your blog and to learn more about you, JoAn. You have certainly made your Mom so very proud, I am sure! The care and thoughtfulness that you put into your works of art really show and it is very special to those of us who wear your creative jewelry. I have bookmarked several of your bracelets and wanted to tell you how much I applaud and appreciate you. Thank you!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:40 PM by Donna Lee
Deborah Bryd, 
Good to hear! I'm happy that you've started wearing a Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelet. I am sure your Doctor will be pleased.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:59 PM by JoAn Dewey
JoAn, you are so talented. I love your new bracelet, La Fiesta! It's so unique!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:04 PM by Ann Kathryn
Donna Lee, 
Thank you for the kind words. I am very lucky to be able to do something I love every day..... Feel free to call me if you have any questions regarding engraving of a tag or a design.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:07 PM by JoAn Dewey
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