What Beeju means to one woman and how it all began.
"Imagination Pollinates Creativity"
One of Kind and Limited Edition Jewelry and Adornments
UpCycled Upholstery Leather . Gemstones . Vintage Components . Non Toxic Antiqued Pure Brass. Sterling Silver
Hand Made in the mountains of Asheville, NC
What's in a name...
Bijou; the french word for jewel, something delicate, elegant, or highly prized.
Honey Bee; As well as being very dear to me, the honey bee is an ancient sacred symbol throughout the world. To name a few, the honey bee represents hidden wisdom, sustainability, productivity, community and protection. We honor the honey bee and all that is sacred in life. Honey bees pollinate 70-100% of the plants on our planet, keeping the web of life in motion.
Juju; The word has many meanings. In West African Religion, juju is the magic attributed to an amulet or small trinket typically worn around the neck. It is also the Gypsy word for luck or fortune. In our case it represents love of creative expression and wishing good fortune to others.
Be Creative; We encourage and support creativity for a better world
"Beeju Creative is inspired by nature, order in chaos, and imbues the elements. I embrace imperfection, transition and flow, a sort of Wabi-sabi view, when I create. I am motivated by my family, especially my daughter, and my willingness to be in integrity and love. To me, all life is sacred and to create is to make every day magic. Beeju is much more than a business, it is a lifestyle. I am grateful for each and every day."
~Owner/Designer Meagan Lowe Markowitz
Mostly self taught, Meagan Lowe Markowitz has always been a natural born maker. She was always making things out of whatever she could find; found objects, sticks, flowers, paper and even mud, stones and sticks. Later, as a young adult; sketching, writing, glass mosaics, sculpture, and wire wrapping became favorite past times. At the age of 24, she decided to become a clay artist. Attending the John C. Campbell Folk School for a 3 month work study program to explore this idea she ended up living in the area for the next four years. Meagan worked with many potters and experimented with the medium extensively, eventually becoming an apprentice with a well known local potter. After realizing her heart was not in it, she dove deeper, did some soul searching for a couple of years and began creating custom made masks, costumes and a few custom wedding dresses. In the meantime, she fell in love with a handsome fella from Seattle, did some traveling together and eventually the two ended up back here in WNC. Shortly after resettling here in the early 20011, she began exploring working with a large amount of leather she had been gifted. This led to the next chapter in her creative journey.
Meagan took on the greatest creative challenge of her life....The birth of their daughter Iona. Our little one was diagnosed with S.V.T. at two weeks old, a heart disease that proved to be extremely unpredictable. Meagan invested the next five years caring for their beloved daughter with the utmost focus and love. Continuing using the leather she had been gifted turned into a imperative creative outlet. Not wanting to support the leather industry and keeping in our family values of making use of what is already out there, Meagan bought reclaimed upholstery leather from one of our local upholstery business'. Some of her reclaimed leather work includes purses, baby boots, cuffs, knife sheaths, skirts, vests and eventually leading into leather feather jewelry. Beeju was born out of her desire to nurture her well being.