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Jana K Gusich

JAKIGU is the abbreviation of my full name & my creative online alter ego.

For years, I have been designing modern and functional crochet items and writing awesomely detailed crochet manuals to help you recreate them at home.

In 2021, I set on a journey to fulfill my decades-old dream of becoming a silversmith. Imagining all the ways in which wire, metal, enamel, and gemstones can be combined is my current favorite way to daydream and to channel my creative energy. I house these dreams and creations under the name Silvergence.

Fun facts about me:

As a child, I never liked chocolate. And then, in my mid thirties, I went through a phase when I could live on it. Currently, my feelings towards chocolate are ambivalent.

My name, Jana, is of Slavic origin and pronounced YA-na. People regularly call me Janna, Jenna, Jenny, Joanna, or – my favorite way to mispronounce my name – Diana. It always makes me smile, so I hardly ever correct anyone.

I didn’t wear make-up on my wedding day. Or any other day in the past 11 years.

I believe that just because one could crochet something, it doesn’t mean she should. That goes especially for neon-coloured acrylic blankets and underwear, though the list goes on.

I also believe that “One can never have enough…” is a gateway phrase to hoarding. I prefer to live by the Less is more adage.

I remember life before smart phones and social media, and I miss it tremendously.