Jade Earrings . Michelle Starbuck DesignsMichelle Starbuck Designs
Made in Chicago, Illinois by Michelle Starbuck Designs.
Michelle Starbuck Designs has been handmade in Chicago since 2005. Their designs are a blend of old and new and use a mix of vintage metals and new bronze cast pieces made using CAD design and 3D printing. Michelle graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Psychology in 2004. She moved to Chicago immediately after graduation with zero life plans. In 2005, while managing a local boutique, she started making jewelry and selling it at the shop. Two years later she was featured in Lucky Magazine as a standout local designer. Later that year she started working at an art supply store. In 2009, she began working at Lillstreet Art Center. It was this job that allowed her to save money to invest in her business and spend time growing it before taking the leap to full-time self employment in 2014. After moving out of her shared studio in 2016, she now works from home in a 60 SF sunroom. Her idea of a perfect day would be going to the farmer’s market, then making jewelry while watching British crime dramas without being interrupted for the rest of the day.