About

Hello!

Sly here!

I am the designer and maker behind Coco Rose.

 

Let me tell you a little bit about my designs and what I’m all about!

 

 

I've been creating jewelry for the past 7 years. It all started because I wanted to create jewelry for myself that was both super cute, affordable, AND durable. It seemed that wherever I went, I could only find 2 out of those three categories! By casting my designs in epoxy resin, it ensures a long lasting, one-of-a-kind piece of art. If you treat your resin jewelry with love and care, it should last you forever!

 

 

My Story

I do what I do because creating is an outlet for me. 
When I am not creating art, I am not being my true, authentic self.

I am a huge supporter of authenticity and kindness.

 

Why?
It is because I have spent many years of my life in the closet, trying to be someone else, trying to fit myself into a tidy box, and holding my tongue.

 

Being the only LGBTQ person in my Christian, immigrant family has always made me feel different - and not the good kind of different.

 

As a direct result of that, I grew up thinking there was something wrong with me.

 

It took me many years to find the confidence, voice, and strength to be who I am today. I remember being about 14, and crying, praying to God to change me, to help me. Growing up, I was told that God loved all of his children, while also being  told that I was choosing a life of sin and evil. It was ironic. A lot of my life has been ironic. It didn't turn out the way I thought it would. (To make life even more confusing, I began to question my gender identity - something that is a BIG "no-no" with my traditional background.) For much of my youth I felt confused. I could never fit inside the box my family and society put out for me. And I mourned this realization for many years of my life until I finally started to meet others just like me.

I am proud to say that I am now surrounded by a loving and accepting community here in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I can be myself. It has been a long journey, but one that has given me the strength and perseverance to be the person I am today.

This is a common story amongst LGBTQ Americans, and of people throughout the world in fact.   

I don't think I am too special or unique but I am hoping to send a message through my designs by encouraging others to always be true to themselves.

I believe that YOU have a purpose in this life - whether it to be touch the hearts of millions, or just one lost soul; you and I are made of energy and light, and we are here for a reason.

I love you and I hope you have a wonderful day.

-Sly

 

PS: 5% of every purchase goes directly to N.A.M.I. Brown county - a local charity that helps those struggling with mental illness. Mental illness can affect anyone regardless of race, age, or identity. As someone who unfortunately struggles myself with it and has sought and benefited immensely from the correct treatment, I want to pass this onto others. The stigma against mental illness is REAL. Truth is, 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness. It is prevalent, it is hard, and it is heavily stigmatized. Coming from a culture, where this topic was not talked about, I have made it my personal mission to talk openly about it. I believe that by shedding light on our demons, we can expell them from the dark corners of our mind. Join me in talking out loud about mental health and donating to your local N.A.M.I. chapter. 
 

Connect with me!

Find me on Instagram and Facebook for inspiration, collection releases, and sales!

Have something to say? Shoot me an email at cocorosebysly@gmail.com