Name: Monica Ng
Home town: Sydney, Australia
Who am I? Ex-big 4 Accountant and currently a jewellery and object designer and maker and handmade business blogger
A little about me:
I made a life changing decision at the end of 2013. I closed a 9 year chapter of my life dedicated to obtaining a university education and nurturing an accounting career as a financial services auditor in a Big 4 accounting firm because the type of work I was doing was sucking my soul dry, so I decided to pursue a long time interest of mine, which was jewellery design. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!
My interest in designing jewellery started in 2009, when I started to dabble in it as a hobby. I made a few necklaces, bracelets and rings for myself at the time and as I wore them out and about, I started to receive more compliments and positive encouragement from random people I encountered on the street and friends/family. I was then encouraged to indulge the idea of opening an online shop.
Geometric Skies kicked off to a slow and humble start in 2010, but the stresses of full time work and life in general, meant my jewellery shop sat largely untouched for quite some time. In 2013, I decided it was time to devote more time and energy to see if this was a real passion or just a passing fad. In 2013 I was hand-selected as 1 of 40 independent artists in RAW’s premiere Sydney showcase, was chosen by EtsyAU to exhibit “The Harper” grenade necklace as part of their interactive shopping experience in the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and participated in specialty and local markets such as the Finders Keepers, Bondi and Kirribilli to name a few highlights.
These experiences made me realise that this wasn’t a passing fad. I really enjoyed connecting with my customers and and sharing in the joy my work enables them to experience. I loved interacting with artists and designers and discovering how their journeys have unfolded. I didn’t want to wake up as a 50 year old accountant, experiencing a mid-life crisis, hating the daily grind of going into an office, looking at Excel spreadsheets and regret not pursing jewellery design. I reevaluated what could make me happy and I knew that my accounting career wasn’t going to, so I decided to take a leap of faith and leave behind 9 years of my life that I had dedicated to my accounting career and to pursue studies in jewellery design and kickstart my small jewellery business!
As part of this new chapter of my life, I’ll be sharing my adventures and lessons learned as a new creative who quit the corporate rat race as an office cubicle worker to pursue a creative life as a jewellery and objects designer and maker.