"I first discovered Marissa, sometime last year while working on a personal project with one of my favorite photographer's, Felton Kizer. Marissa had just finished shooting some product shots for her jewelry line with Felton and I was his following appointment. While waiting for Felton to set up our backdrop I got a chance to talk with Marissa about her brand and what she's all about. Although our time was limited, Marissa began to show me her pieces and I was immediately obsessed with her work. The first thing that caught my eye about Marissa's pieces was how intricately designed each piece was. They were works of art! At that point all I knew was that she created something special that I admired. Later on, after following Marissa on social media for a while, I started to see the heart behind Deleay Lashay and that is when I fell in love. Her design technique is exquisite, but what makes her pieces so breathtaking is the fact that every piece was handcrafted to symbolize our personal journey's and the process that it takes to get there; piece by piece." -Maureé
I like to be different and work strictly off of purpose. I'm not really into trends, but I love to put things together based on how it makes me feel and the visuals. I'm a storyteller. I like painting pictures of what inspires me in hopes that it will touch others in a positive way. I look at my work as empowerment pieces. Every piece is created to remind you of your own worth.
I started designing wearable art jewelry when I was a Junior in High School. But before I was a designer, I was a painter. I started oil painting when I was eleven years old. Painting was always a hobby for me. I could paint for hours.
I feel that everyone is a working progress. Sometimes I try to plan out my ideas for a new jewelry piece and it doesn't turn out as I planned, but it turns out better. "Piece by Piece" Is a reminder that only God has the ability to solve the missing pieces of our own personal puzzles and to take it one day at a time. Have patience and stay focused and the rest will fall into place.
Life is busy, yet very exciting for me right now. I have been faced with so many new decisions concerning my work. I'm learning as I go, but I'm enjoying the process and looking forward to what's to come.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned has been to take criticisms, but always follow my heart because at the end of the day this is my work. God reminds me that anything is possible. I know that I can't fail at this unless I truly give-up.
A part of life is about working to become the women you are destined to be. I believe that every woman has the power to create her own life. I know at times you may feel like its impossible to have it all, but it's possible. And for those of you who are waiting on love to bring you joy, don't wait. Enjoy life right now where you are. Enjoy being single and learning who you are. Love yourself and love will find you when least expect it.
But if we hope for what we see not, then we with patience wait for it. -Romans 8:25