Some Thoughts from Designer Lelia Ziebell
Spring is finally here in Wisconsin, where I live in an upland wooded lot of oak, red cedar, and hickory trees with my husband, three dogs, five cats, and a horse named Flash. Much of my creative inspiration is found in this pretty woodlot. Practicality is also a big piece of my work; I prefer to make things that are useful and reduce waste. That is one of the reasons why I make re-purposed jewelry.
Both Laura and my mother and grandmother were crafters who used scraps of this and that to make up original creations of beauty and usefulness. We both have strived to carry on this tradition in our design work, both personally and professionally. It is my hope that the products that we design both provide you with pleasure and are a practical part of your everyday life.
I love the older jewelry with sparkling rhinestones, floral and geometric shapes, and high quality designs they have. Vintage pieces were found in antique stores, rummage sales and thrift shops. Many of these pieces were broken, and this is a way their beauty and uniqueness can survive. Also, new and collectible beads, chains, and other components are added to make unique pendants, earrings, and bracelets. When it enhances the end result, I use gemstones and precious metals.
I am looking forward to offering more re-purposed products in gifts, home décor, and fashions. I will definitely let you know how it goes as I branch off into new directions this summer.