This month's Designer Spotlight features a jewelry line Mizzie and I discovered when pulling items for our June Her Nashville Favorites column. We were instantly smitten with this line of repurposed vintage necklaces. Many of designer Debby Kidder's pieces have a steam punk twist that we are a bit obsessed with. Her line Re-Creating Juliette can be found exclusively at our August Spotlight store, Serendipity. Serendipity owner, Julie Lutz, happens to be Debby's sister! So we're pretty lucky to be have this jewelry line all to ourselves in Nashville. We asked Debby to answer a few questions for us so we could get to know her and her jewelry making process a little better. When did you first start repurposing jewelry? I started making jewelry in January of 2006 using vintage jewelry and other found items in my designs.
Where do you find the pieces you use? The pieces I use are found at estate sales, garage sales, flea markets and on the internet. I've been an antiques and collectibles dealer for over 30 years and love looking for interesting items that can be repurposed or up-cycled.
Do you design with something in mind before you actually find the piece you're going to use? Or is your design process more driven by what you've found? My designs are usually inspired by items I find. A vintage bracelet inspired me to make the "Little Black Dress" necklace. An antique Sterling mesh change purse made a unique necklace. A realistic rubber frog fishing lure turned into the "Ribbit" necklace. Beautiful antique buttons make unique earrings and necklace parts. Steampunk is very popular and fun to make using old watch parts, clock gears, keys and hardware. More often than not, I find a piece and just start working with it to see what evolves.
The best advice you can give someone interested in repurposing jewelry. My advice to anyone interested is to find items you like and they will inspire you. I try to respect vintage items and use them in such a way that keeps them intact if possible. It is more satisfying to use a broken piece of jewelry than to take a perfectly good piece apart.
Song that could be or is your theme song: No song comes to mind. I love listening to music. Anything Bon Jovi!
Your perfect day: My perfect day is a whole day off to stay home and relax and create jewelry.
Coffee or tea: Coffee!
Thanks Debby! All of Debby's pieces are one-of-a-kind and they're super affordable making them perfect gifts. Something to keep in mind when you're working on that Holiday shopping list! Visit Julie at Serendipity to see what new pieces she has in stock.
A big thank you to our photographer, Daniel C White for the photos in this post.