Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Artisan: Curlitude

Meet Najeema Iman of Curlitude, our Saturday Artisan.

Curlitude is a handcrafted jewelry and accessories company that strives to create one of kind wearable art to accent natural beauty and style and made in the USA.

I love the tribal and ethnic look of her creations. The fun colors and shapes draw me to keep clicking each link to see them more in details.

Let's get to know her more, shall we?

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

I am a stay-at-home mother of two who has always loved all things art. The majority of my work is uniquely created from multiple layers of paper.  My inspiration comes from all around, but I absolutely love all types of tribal prints.  

What is the story behind your shop name?  

Curlitude is an expression of loving your authentic self, it was created to encourage people to embrace their natural beauty and style.

Hand-painted wood bangle bracelet-Multicolor- Yellow, Purple, Orange, Gold, Black "Geotribe"

Who is your target market?

My customers range from as young as 10 to as old as 70, everybody can rock a little curlitude.

Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

Coming up with new designs, patterns, the feel of the materials in my hands.

For us who love to travel, could you share a bit about your beautiful town/ city? 

I am native Detroiter, though I was born in Queens, New York I lived in Detroit all of my life. I am city girl by nature, currently living in Lansing, the capital of Michigan.  I may live in Lansing but my heart will always be in Metro Detroit, where I do the majority of my shows.

Purple & Gold Wooden Sundara Bangle Bracelet

Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?

I like to keep it simple. Pop Classics are my earrings that are inspired by vintage pop culture icons, Necklaces, Rings, Bangles, Bracelets, and Hair Accessories coming soon.

What is your best seller?

Pop Classic Icon Earrings

How does your day go in general?

Drop the kids off at school, clean up around the house, and create.

Bette Davis Pop Classic Icon Earrings

How do you balance your personal and work life?

I don't balance well, but I am working on it.

What inspires you?


What sets you aparts from your competitors?

I have a little something for everyone. I love color no matter what time of year it is.

"Shooting Stars" Triangular Multicolor Paper Earrings

What is your goal for 2014?  And are you on the right track?

To become more organized, create new products using recycled and vintage materials. I would also like to continue to connect with my previous customers.

Any advice for others running their on-line shop?

Promote, Promote, Promote. Have great pictures and a wide range of products.

What does handmade mean to you?

Not mass produced unique one of a kind wearable arts and crafts.

NEW "Fan The Flame"Extra Large Teardrop Earrings

If you could invent a machine, what would it be?

A machine that could connect to my brain and create all my designs in an instant.

You can find Najeema here:

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  1. Thank you so much for the support.

  2. How nice to get to know Najeema and the creations of her Curlitude shop!

  3. Nat - thanks for introducing us to Najeema and Curlitude. I love "everyone can rock a little curlitude"! I especially like the fan the flame earrings shown. Great post.

  4. I like the name, "Curlitude," and the colorful prints Najeema creates on her jewelry are certainly eye catching.

  5. Cute name and a varied talent. Congratulations on featuring her shop.

  6. A great post for getting to know Najeema... I love to read about other artisans, and the question and answer style helps to give a personal feel to it. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Oh, I want one of those machines!!! Fascinating article. Love getting to know what makes an artist 'tick". Best of luck to Najeema!

  8. wow! i'm in love with the Purple & Gold Wooden Sundara Bangle Bracelet :)
    would love to know what was the first jewelry that she made !

  9. Thank you so much for the chance <3
    I adore your work!

  10. Hi Najeema, I love your jewerly :) It's so cute and coloful.. Just watching at it makes me happy :)

  11. Your jewelry is so colorful! I want to wear bright things like this all winter to stay cheery. :)

  12. shop very nice and particular

  13. You are very talented Najeema. All your jewelery is beautiful!

  14. All of your jewelry is so beautiful! I love it!

  15. nice designs. hope you can make something for the kids, too!

  16. Love love love your handcrafted jewelries and accessories :)

  17. When did you know you had the passion to design jewelry ?

  18. Lovely designs! I look forward to seeing more of what inspires you to create awesome pieces of art!


  19. Love your designs. Where do you source your materials from?

  20. Do you have a favorite artist or person that has pushed you to create such beauty?

  21. I love your handmade! How they are so cheersful and fullcolour! So inspired!

  22. I love this! So great! Where do you find inspiration?


  24. my wedding colors are cherry, lime green, and white. any chance of any awesome jewelry with those colors?

  25. Love your jewelry where do you get your ideas for jewelry from?