I’m Jessica Haynes, and I make jewelry for women who stand up for their own dreams. I started Alice Rise at 38 because despite my fears and doubts, an unfamiliar voice inside me suddenly laid down the law: the time for living like you don’t believe in yourself is over. The truth is, I’ve always been afraid of practically everything – which is why I remind myself daily, in any way I can, that I’m brave enough to take a risk. Chasing our dreams matters that much.
Color has the power to connect us to our own vitality in this way. It can remind us that despite our worries and daily stresses, our true nature is joyful, brave, and free. Color can remind us that we are awesomely vibrant beings who need to laugh and dance and feel the sun on our skin. Sometimes we just need a little nudge to remember our own true beauty so we can step into living it more fully. The world is so thirsty for our joy - let’s water the garden.
I weave each piece by hand using only a needle and thread; the process takes many hours to become an heirloom art piece that will last a lifetime. Though I often make multiples of a pattern, I always find myself trying to slip in some secret extra colors. This results in a more nuanced design, a unique piece that was sculpted by the intuitive nudge of the moment, and an homage to the importance of following where our energy takes us. While most are made with contemporary Japanese glass beads and 14k gold, there are limited quantities of rare antique beads from Germany, France, and Italy.
Some curious things about me:
- I was supposed to be a classical pianist, but I found I couldn’t dedicate my life to someone else’s melodies, no matter how beautiful.
- I bought and renovated an abandoned house all by myself (I did call my dad 4 million times on the phone though).
- I’ve lived in India at the tomb of a saint.
- I conducted research on chocolate in Costa Rica and published a scientific paper on it. A lot of chocolate was eaten in the interest of higher learning.
- I believe we’re all so much more beautiful than we realize. My dream is to help us see it.