What first caught our attention about Amelie Vuong was the absolutely gorgeous jewelry from her line Beads by Boo she was selling at a recent event we attended. Imagine our pleasant surprise when we realized that the talent behind the beautifully designed earrings and necklaces worn on patrons walking by was from an 11-year-old girl!
We just had to visit with this little wonder and were impressed by everything about her. The more we spoke with her and her proud mom Uyen, her biggest supporter, the more we learned just how perfectly she embodied UGauGrrl’s mission. Read on to learn more and shop at her store for some awesome holiday gifts!
In Her Own Words
“We are a group of artists/crafters/designers that want to make fun and cute accessories. I design and craft fashion jewelry. I find my inspirations from things and people around me.
“When we have time, we make a lot of pieces to build up inventory for shows and my Etsy shop. When I’m too busy with school work, I lay out my ideas on my design board so Mommy and my aunt can help make the pieces.
“I also take custom orders depending on how much time I have after school. I also photograph many of my work for our posts. I use a small light box, a mini tripod and my phone to take pictures.”
“The fact that I’m able to do things at my age inspires people to do what they want regardless of age or status.”
What inspired you to do the work that you do/motivates you today?
“When I think of someone I like, I think of what they like and that inspired me to make something with them in mind. The encouragement and feedback from everyone motivate me to keep designing.”
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“In the third grade, I used sculpting clay to make my own beads and craft cords as homemade jewelry to give my friends and teachers. I watched a lot of YouTube videos to learn different techniques. My mom and I also took a beading class at a jewelry shop near our house. I want to take more advanced classes, but I have to wait until I’m old enough to use certain tools; maybe when I am 14 they will allow me in those advanced classes.
“I also taught my mom the techniques that I know so she can help me. I was scared of being too creative at first, and having those ideas rejected, or ignored. Sometimes, pieces I really loved ended up not being as popular as I’d hoped.”
Who is your she-ro?
“Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series. She was the reason the trio stayed alive. She had a lot of confidence and is the type of female I would like to be.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’ – Audrey Hepburn
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