We had the good fortune of connecting with Destini Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Destini, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve spent the last few years trying to plan and avoid mistakes. My anxiety-brain thought that it could consistently prepare for every worst case scenario. I somehow could predict how life could go, as long as I picked certain (responsible) decisions . I got a good degree and I got a good job and I thought after a couple years of being good, I could start thinking about what I wanted in life and how I wanted to spend my time.

To me: jewelry, making, working with my hands is necessary. It is happiness. And it was something that became a smaller priority. By the end of 2019, I decided to postpone thinking about it for a few more years while I worked on other goals. I knew starting a business was something I wanted, but I thought I’d wait until I succeeded with some more important life essentials.

I don’t know. I thought that would work.

2020 happened. And well: I realized that there was absolutely no way I could have prepared for it or any of the feelings that came from feeling like everyone and everywhere and everything was increasingly getting worse.

Isolation, frustration, anger, loneliness and probably a dozen other feelings I haven’t processed yet, were eroding me. I started bead weaving as a way to ease into mindfulness. It was my reset.

By the time the summer came around, I decided ‘why not?’. Start a business. Make jewelry. Nothing’s gone according to plan, but I’m still here learning. And that’s enough for now. I’ll try. Naturally, I avoid risk but the last year or two have made me curious.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I stitch together seed beads using a needle and thread to make earrings. I enjoy delicate jewelry, so my work is petite.

I’ve grown up learning different crafts and I remembered how much I loved this medium. I started bead weaving for myself, so my first earrings were all in my favorite colors. Different shades of blue. I’m glad that I branched out into other colors. I’ve found some new favorites and I enjoy the differences in how different colors look next to each other.

Bead weaving has so many possibilities for creativity and I want to keep exploring.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denton has so many great places! A few I’ve been to recently that are great to bring a friend: Recycled Books. Armadillo Ale Works. Paschall. Loco Cafe. Boco 31. Denton Community Market.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Secret Lab (https://www.dentonmarket.org/the-secret-lab)

Website: https://www.destinistudio.com/

Instagram: @destinistudio

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