Agnieszka worked with Miyuki beads for the first time at a beading class at age 12. She immediately fell in love with the beautiful colors and perfectly consistent shape that jumped into place as she wove each bead. For over two decades she has continued to work with Miyuki beads, savoring their colors and tactility, and delving into the meditative aspect of weaving on a miniature scale.
In 2007, she moved to Portland, Oregon to develop her metal smithing skills at Oregon College of Art and Craft. While she had been designing and selling jewelry on the side throughout her childhood and adult life, she wanted to see if she could turn this side-job into a career. And in 2014, with a giant nudge from the universe, she finally started combining the woven beads with metal forms into the jewelry line that is now called ORU.