The Mad Hatters Closetwww.ArtPal.com/madhatter
My love for jewelry started in 1978 when my aunt was visiting from Texas. Aunt Minnie Lee walking into my parents kitchen with her hands around an ancient Hills Bros metal coffee can . She told me she drug that can alllllll the way from El Paso. She turned the can upside down on the kitchen table and out of it tumbled 15 lb of rhinestone jewelry in the likes I'd only seen in fuzzy black and white photos of my mother's and aunties proms. Stones of every color, shape and size lay on the table before me like some sort of psychedelic treasure-trove. My eyes have never set site on anything more beautiful. I wore that jewelry like it was it my duty to my country. You never saw me without a piece of rhinestone jewelry that some girl probably wore to her prom in 1950-something. That jewelry is all long gone...well loved for many years. In an effort to breathe new life into broken and discarded vintage pieces, I create jewelry out of vintage findings and broken pieces with dates ranging between 1940 to 1970. I scavenge my findings from yard sales. estate sales, thrift stores and private party sales. I do not disassemble pieces of jewelry that are intact. I have a jewelry collection for those! All of the pieces used in my jewelry are real glass or crystal. Many of my accent stones are new Swarovski stones used in an effort to bring a little spark back to an old piece. If an item is marked "One of a Kind, o o a k" , it was created from a piece that originated from a singular vintage element and I cannot create another like it.