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

Hi Dawn, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly, I don’t feel I pursued a career in art, but rather my love of fun, art and fashion developed into a career.

I believe life is too short to look like everybody else. I want to empower others to be leaders not followers. I want my creations to stand out in a crowd. It’s so rewarding seeing how my customers are able to express who they are through each of my pieces.
My ideas and passion live in every aspect of my work. My art is as unique as the people who wear it.
My artistic journey is far from over and I’m excited to see where it takes me. I love thinking outside the box, getting others to break out of a mold and be who they want to be.
stand out, be you and #grablifebythenuts !

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
All iWEAR …do you? jewelry is created by hand from common hardware components ie. washers, nuts etc. Each creation is transformed into a treasured piece of jewelry.

My art is about empowering others to be who they want to be, whether it’s making a statement through jewelry or clothing – it’s all about uniqueness.
I’m so proud that my customers are able to express themselves through my creations. I’ve handmade and sold thousands of pieces – each person has a different story yet they are all able to stand out in their own unique way.
I began this journey in 2003 and it has not been without challenges. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for perseverance. Being an artist in today’s world is all about taking risks, having a clear goal in mind and not backing down. You have to believe in what you do and keep the course despite criticism and negativity. You need to focus on what drives you and tune everything else out.
Throughout the years many aspects of my work have changed but one thing will always remain the same…
iWEAR …do you? is about standing out, being you and never apologizing for who you are.

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.
What I love most about South Florida is its diversity – everyone can find something great to do.

I’m a vegetarian and a health nut so exploring South Florida with me consists of a lot of walking and a of course a daily visit to the beach!

Here are just “some” of my other faves we can add to the itinerary…

Shopping – Aventura Mall

Naming just a few restaurants with great vegetarian options (and more) – Sake Thai and Sushi, My Big Fat Greek, Piola, North Italia, Pita Plus…I could go on 🙂

A small neighborhood Mexican cafe with fabulously oversized cocktails (ie Pîna Coladas – delish!) – Takitos

And finally for the best people watching, fashion, great eats, art and shopping – The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock, Las Olas, South Beach and Lincoln Road.

There’s so much more South Florida has to offer, I can’t even begin to name it all!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have no story without my parents, Doreen and Oscar.

They taught me perseverance when facing adversity. They taught me how to stay positive even when everything looks bleak. They always believe in me and never hesitate to tell me how proud they are.
And for that I will be forever thankful.

Website: www.iweardoyou.net
Instagram: www.instagram.com/iweardoyou
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/dawnpilpel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iweardoyou
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iweardoyou

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