Ryan accessories. This craze hastrickled down beyond fans so it’s notuncommon to see a number of people on the street who have addedthis style of jewelry to their everyday look. In fact, the practice hasbecome so widespread that AOLrecently posted a feature on thetrend.But for Samii Ryan, it’s about morethan just the look. She designs witha purpose. Every single piece shecreates has meaning. And that’swhat sets her apart, that’s whatmakes her work so special.I first talked with Samii back inFebruary when it seemedPennsylvania had somehow beentransported into the arctic. Thelandscape was a glossy white, wetflakes were hammering down (yetagain), and it felt like spring wouldnever ever arrive. Ryan was enrolledat a nearby college where her focuswas on Communication Studies. “It’sterrible out!” she expressed. “It’ssleeting and icing and I’m stuck at myhouse because classes were canceled.” After discussing the brutal weather, Icommented on the wide range andnumber of activitiesSamii haspassionatelypursued throughout her life (sports,acting, modeling, Tae Kwon Do, fashion,etc.). “I really like to be creative and dodifferent things,” she responded. “Mymom used to push me and my sister toopen our creative mind and use ourimagination, so I pretty much dip myfeet into everything.” Her voice was softand even with a velvety gravel bedbeneath her tone.Though Samii has beeninvolved in manypursuits, that doesn’tmean she is without focus. In fact, toachieve what she has at such a youngage — Ryan’s line was just picked up byNordstrom — requires a great deal of focus . . . and discipline. At least someof that discipline she learned in TaeKwon Do.
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“I need to create something!”