Long time San Diego resident, Mark Strelau, has created a new line of edgy silver rings, meant to attract attention, open up new conversations, and most of all, inspire the community. Strelau says, “My aspiration, since the age of 13, has always been to create a business in which I can inspire people to make a better life for themselves, their family, friends, and all the people around them.”
For the past 14 years, Strelau has been working in the dental field, creating dental crowns and veneers in a laboratory. Until one day, he began toying with the idea of making rings, when he saw that the same processes he was familiar with in the dental laboratory could also be used to make jewelry.
Strelau remembers, “I liked the idea of making silver rings, so I started to create designs, but ended up putting it on hold because I couldn’t find a direction that meant something to me.”
That’s when tragedy struck his family. In late 2011, his mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. In order to spend some meaningful time as a family, the Strelau’s decided to take their very first vacation together. They decided to travel to Indonesia, and during that trip, his father purchased four identical necklaces for each of them, in the shape of an ‘ohm,’ which quickly started to have a symbolic meaning for Mark.
He explains, “As I reflected what was happening within my family, the extraordinarily important time we were spending together, and this necklace that now symbolized the entire experience, I realized this was the direction I had been searching for. Just as my necklace serves as a reminder of a very important aspect of my life, others can now have that same inspiration with my new line of silver rings.”
The goal with this new line of rings is to encourage people to have a positive outlook and accomplish their goals in life. Strelau is taking his own concept to heart by having a great outlook, and being determined to accomplish his goal.
He is now asking the public for support to get this funded through the popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. The deadline to fund the Type AG project is Friday, December 7, 2012.
To get more information, or to support this project, please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/7812078/turning-tragedy-into-inspiration/