Silversmith and Model- @mahlee_sem23
What inspired this collection?
The inspiration behind my collection is my love for the Farmer's Markets in the summer. Growing up in North Dakota the farmers markets were limited to about one month out of the year. I used to always go to the farmers market with my Gramma. She used to always buy tons of fresh veggies to make borscht or what I called "Pink Soup". Some of my favorite memories with my gramma are going to the farmers market and I wanted to do this collection because of her.
Tell us about your Gem Studio experience.
I have worked at Gem for almost 2 years. I originally applied to be a silversmith and before they even interviewed me I saw an opening for a social media assistant and though this was right up my ally. I ended up landing the job and have been working at gem ever since doing social media and customs in my free time.
What do you do outside of Gem Studio?
Outside of gem I enjoy going for hot girl walks, cooking, and shopping. Along with these hobbies, I also am an intern at Sauce Media Group. Sauce is a marketing agency where we create content for many brands around Utah.
What is currently playing on your Spotify?
Oh gosh, what isn't playing on my Spotify. I listen to almost everything. My current favorites this month have been the new Rex Orange County album and I just saw him live at the Saltair last week. I have also been listening to a lot of Dominic Fike, BROCKHAMPTON, and Djo.
Tell us about your Study Abroad, what are you most excited for?
I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy in the fall. I am so excited I can not explain. I'm going to be studying fashion marketing and Italian culture. I am most excited to travel on the weekends and see more of Europe, and not to mention all the amazing food. If you have any Italy recommendations or Europe in general, let me know :)
What are you going to miss most about Utah?
I am going to miss my friends to most. I have grown close to so many people here after moving to Utah from my hometown not knowing anyone. Its going to be very hard to leave them for 5 months but I can't wait for some of them to come visit me.
What do you want to manifest in your life over the next year?
Something I want to manifest in my life this year is success. Success in all areas off my life. Work, personal life, and relationships. I also want to manifest getting that baggggg.
What is your favorite gem, and why?
My favorite gem is buffalo turquoise and I don't think that will ever change. I am always wearing neutral colors and I feel like the plain white buffalo turquoise is the perfect gem for all my outfits. Some other runner ups are turquoise, moonstone, and the fused glass gems I used for my collection.
What is your favorite part of the silversmithing process?
My favorite part off the silversmith process is teaching my friends. Getting to show people close to me what I get to do everyday.
What's your favorite gem studio memory?
My favorite gem memories are always making our silversmiths make tiktoks with me. Some of them love to do them, and some hate doing them. Regardless it is always fun to see what they come up with and how they turn out.