I was so happy to have In-Tension Productions as a vendor at Movie in the Park this year. This mobile business features the really cool wire-wrapped crystal jewelry and abstract artwork of John Draper and Ken Jackson.
I asked John a few questions about what makes In-Tension so unique.
1. When did your business start?
It’s hard to pin down exactly when the business started, however, I began doing a lot of craft fairs in 2016 and became the most serious about it at the start of 2017.
2. What inspired you to start it?
I’ve had a fascination with rocks and crystals since I was little and then started making jewelry about five years ago. I got a lot of positive feedback from friends and family, and the hobby turned into a passion, and the passion turned into a business.
3. What do you love about selling your merchandise at community events?
I love seeing people’s eyes light up when they see my jewelry for the first time, and especially when they fall in love with a piece that they just have to take home. It also brings me great joy when I’m out and about or at an event and I see someone wearing something I’ve made. It’s the greatest feeling!
4. What’s unique about your business?
My business is unique because every piece I create is unique. Crystals are a lot like snowflakes—no two are alike. With each crystal I wrap, I increase my skill, and I’m always trying new techniques, which ensures that each piece is one of a kind.
5. Where can people track your whereabouts?
I love where I live, and I also love what I do. I'm lucky to be able to work in a profession in which I get to build relationships; one that has me meeting new people each and every day and helping them to build new lives in my beloved city. I'm lucky enough to work in a profession in which I can marry cutting-edge technologies and marketing techniques to good, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone work. I am lucky enough to work in a profession that allows me to work as an advocate for my clients; to use every tool at my disposal to get a job done well for them, and with as little stress and expense as possible.
I love my city. I love my job. One inspires my excellence for the other.
Fresno? I say FresYES