Hello! It's me, Chelsea Bird Hoard. I have been silversmithing, designing, and making jewelry for over 15 years. Jewelry design has taught me patience and craftsmanship – and to this day, the work allows me to surprise myself.
For me, birdie is an amalgamation of all the things I hold most dear... unique and well crafted design, a reminder of where I came from, and a path toward living life on my own terms... prioritizing quality, authenticity, and connection over conforming to anyone else’s idea of success or worthiness.
For you, I hope birdie is a reminder that you don’t have to fit yourself into a mold, look or act a certain way to make it in this world. That there’s a place for you here and that I’d love to help you carve it out.
My great grandmother was Mona Bird, more affectionately known to me as Grandma Birdie. I never met her, but I know her through my family's retelling of her strength + empowerment, her love of beauty + making, and her sweet sass + in-charge demeanor. She was a hard working homemaker, gardener, seamstress, and loving matriarch.
When I was born, I was given my name, Chelsea Bird — my middle name in Mona's honor — and I became Birdie, too. Birdie lives on in me through what I learned from my family and the way I choose to live my life each day. To me, birdie is a culmination of all my passions and beliefs. It represents my innate, though sometimes elusive, ability to stay true to myself, and to honor my roots while still allowing myself to follow my own path.
I see this ability, this sense of self, in you. I believe you would thrive if everyone, including yourself, embraced and honored you for who you are.
Through birdie, I hope not only to create + continue to develop my own purpose, but to encourage and support others in doing so as well. Call me a dreamer, but I think when we come together in community, and in a love + support that stems from a deep self-knowing, we can lift each other up.
So yes, Mona was birdie... and I am birdie... but so are you... and that is what I believe can bring us together.