Meet Linzie Cox, the Maker behind Neko Jewelry,
terrarium art inspired by vintage minis.
Neko Jewelry (pronounced Neck-O), was inspired by Linzie growing up in the antique industry, and an innate love of art from an early age. Her pieces incorporate a vintage element making each piece unique.
Read her story below
What inspired you to start your creative enterprise? What is unique about your product?
I’ve always been particularly drawn to tiny vintage figurines and trinkets. With that foundation, I got the initial idea of crafting mini terrariums from one of my favorite home decor items - an aquatic moss ball terrarium. I love the look of a 3D scene behind glass! My mini terrarium pieces do contain some modern materials, but the main thing that sets them apart is the vintage element. I have used Hagen Renaker animal figurines, old Cracker Jack box prizes, silver charms, etc.
For anyone wanting to start a creative enterprise, I would encourage them to create, create, and create some more, whenever the urge strikes. Consistently creating new pieces helps keep your creativity flowing.
What does your workspace look like? Are you hyper-organized, a little messy?
My workspace is very organized, and it has to be with all of the tiny pieces I use. One thing I find humorous is that a lot of these cutesy happy looking art creations are made while watching shows like Forensic Files, or listening to some dark crime podcasts. I recently watched Night Stalker, and I remember my aunt telling me it was hard to sleep while he was on the loose - he even struck in her exact town of Diamond Bar. This type of local history fascinates me.
What kinds of jobs did you have leading up to the start of your creative venture?
My day jobs have been in vintage eyewear, an antique shop, estate sales, and HOA Property management. I enjoyed the antique shop and estate sales most, because they allowed me to use my creative urge to decorate spaces. Though my art is not my primary job, I hope I can grow it more when I’m feeling more motivated (weird year). My family members in the vintage industry still supply me with loads of art materials, so I have a lot to work with when I’m ready!
Do you believe formal training in your field is necessary to success?
Creativity and knowledge are so intertwined, but creativity holds slightly more weight for me. The more you experience, the more data you have to pull from for creative endeavors. My art form has not required “formal training”, but I have much respect for those that do, and slight envy for those who are born with the skill to paint the perfect oil painting.
It’s been quite an adventure learning how to market and sell my art. I’m most thankful to have found shops that are so wonderful in how they are stocked and staffed.
What local shops, sites, eateries and drinkeries (other than MADE) do you like to visit? What is your favorite local mural or piece of street art, what strikes you about it?
My perfect day out and about would consist of some gardening, a gentle stroll through the city, a trip to The Norton Simon Museum, maybe some garlic potatoes from Open Sesame, and a drag or comedy show. Some of my favorite spots in Long Beach are: Holé Molé, The Grasshopper, Alex’s Bar, Songbird Boutique, Xcape, Loose Leaf Boba Co.
One of my favorite pieces of art in the city is the Metamorphosis mural by Tran Nguyen. I absolutely love the colors and shapes used, especially the flow of the woman’s hair.