If you were shopping at Totokaelo two or three years ago, you might have received help from Dorothy Cheng. You’ll no longer find the UW metal design alum at the boutique; instead, you’ll find her at her virtual storefront, Dorothy Cheng Jewelery on Etsy.
Cheng readily acknowledges the community of artisans around her: ‘Seattle has an amazing community of jewelry artists who are talented and generous with advice," she says. "Just seeing what they do and how they do it is a huge source of inspiration to me.’ And, the Seattle-by-way-of-China, New Jersey, and, Indiana-resident is not one to file Seattle style under Needs Improvement. ‘I love that Seattleites have a subtle, intellectual sense of style, preferring things that aren’t in-your-face but have a lot of personal meaning and/or incorporate thoughtful design.’ We love that, too.
To find out more about Cheng’s work, her inspiration, and check the slideshow here.