Jenny came on board to volunteer with Senhoa at the beginning of 2009. It was yet another serendipitous event (Senhoa is apparently very susceptible to these) where we happened upon each other and connected with a bond that quickly became the heart and soul of Senhoa.
Some women make a statement wherever they go. And a woman of conviction is hard to ignore. Jenny is one of those women. As a jewelry designer and anti-trafficking activist, she has created a number of striking jewelry collections for Senhoa, each one hand crafted by a survivor of human trafficking.
In addition to creative design, Jenny is also a jewelry trainer at Senhoa. Most recently, Jenny flew to Cambodia to teach 20 girls, many of whom were rescued from sex slavery, how to become beading artists. Using beads donated by Bead & Button Magazine, the girls practiced the art of wiring, wrapping, stringing, color scheming and much more! After her trip, Jenny shared: “I was so impressed with their fast learning! The girls were very persistent with every task given to them, and they mastered their skills so quickly!”
Based in Huntington Beach, California, Jenny is also the owner of JJ Bead. Jenny’s work has been featured in magazines such as Bead & Button and BeadStyle. Jenny’s designs have been worn by overseas Vietnamese celebrities and featured on Asia Entertainment, Inc. In 2009, Jenny was named finalist in the prestigious Bead Dreams competition, an international juried competition of exceptional bead artistry. Aside from her creative life as a jewelry designer, Jenny also holds a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry from the California State University of Long Beach. Talk about versatility!
People often ask what the point-of-difference is for Senhoa Jewelry. And without a second’s hesitation we always say, “Jenny Van”.
Senhoa’s third collection, Pavo: Love, Patience & Strength, will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011.