Shop Talk: Local Artist Opens Studio in Old Worthington
In early 2018, local artist Miriam Chon opened Shift Studios in Worthington. Her creative journey began at CCAD in graphic design and illustration. After 20 years in graphic design, Chon decided to go back to her creative roots, a journey that eventually led to Shift Studios.
When Chon decided to leave graphic design, she started creating wooden jewelry from exotic wood scraps from her husband’s woodworking projects. The first piece she created was a faux diamond ring, made entirely out of exotic wood. She began selling at local craft shows, and eventually opened a retail space in Westerville, selling her own items as well as other local artists’ items.
When the opportunity arose to open the retail space Swoonful Gifts within Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, she couldn’t resist moving her work closer to home. After a few years, Chon made the decision to leave retail to allow herself more time to focus on creativity. She opened Shift Studios as a space where she could create and the community could come see and purchase her work.
Chon creates aesthetically clean jewelry from exotic woods, stainless silver, and titanium. She has several designs of rings, necklaces, and earrings available. In addition to jewelry, she also creates coasters, ornaments, stationary, t-shirts, pencil cases, and pins. Chon collaborates with other local artists, too, such as Branch Line Leather Co and Alison Rose. Chon loves to work with the community to create what they need, and she encourages people to talk with her if they have a specific project in mind.
Located at 571 N. High St., Chon holds regular studio hours during the Worthington Farmer’s Market, but she is always working on a new project and welcomes visitors at any time.
For more information, visit shiftstudiosllc.com.