Full Name: Mackenzie Joy Ellsworth
Hometown: Rocklin, CA
Year in School: Senior
FIDM Major: Jewelry Design
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall of 2012
Admissions Advisor: Diane Corbett
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am about to graduate from the International Baccalaureate Program at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, CA. I just attended National Synchronized Ice Skating Championships in Worcester, Massachusetts with my team Sierra Storm. We were ranked 12th in the nation by the US Figure Skating Association!
Despite my seemingly busy life, I have always found time for my jewelry. When all of my other interests have faded and changed, jewelry has remained constant in my life. I started making jewelry when I was 11 years old with the help of an American Girl book on how to make paper clip jewelry. By the time I was 13, I had begun selling my jewelry to friends and family.
I haven't stopped since and I have enjoyed every second of my progress. I have moved on from paper clip jewelry to learning how to do beadwork and even solder metal with a master jeweler.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I would have to say my proudest accomplishments are mainly associated with my IB Diploma. I successfully incorporated my fascination with jewelry into projects pertaining to my diploma. My integration of my love for jewelry into school is the reason I have managed to stay so interested in high school and push through the countless essays and projects that have caused me many all nighters.
What made FIDM right for you? Since I was 11 years old and picked up that American Girl book, my dream has been to one day create my own jewelry company. I could never decide between going to school for business or jewelry design. Before I knew FIDM existed I pondered the idea of attending a fashion design school, or just double majoring in college so I could achieve both degrees so I wouldn't have to settle for one or the other.
FIDM has the perfect program for me! I don't have to decide or settle for anything less than I have dreamed of and I won't be overwhelmed with the thought of having to double major.
Describe your entrance project. I flipped through magazines to find some of my favorite things. I have done lots of research for my IB Art class and some ideas just stuck with me through all the years. I also knew I wanted to learn a new technique because I had an excuse to take a new class.
I decided to learn how to braid eight strands of seed beads together and wire together pewter leaves into a flower that was similar to a lotus flower. Of course the center of the flower just had to be red, my absolute favorite color, and what better beads than glimmering crystals to represent my style! The final product included everything I had hoped for, black, red, silver, a lotus flower, crystals, and even some dangling chain to resemble that of a classy chandelier.
What are your career goals? Someday I hope to run my own jewelry company. It may be far down the line, but it has been my goal since the day I discovered my love for jewelry!
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to handle the basics of a business and I expect to broaden my understanding of jewelry. Hopefully I will learn new ways in which I can be inspired to design jewelry, and different materials, tools, and processes in which I can create jewelry.