When you know you love something, you just know. That is the position I am in when it comes to Duct Tape and Denim‘s Tutu Bracelets, tonight’s gift guide giveaway feature. I personally own one of these lovely bracelets and gifted FIVE of them last Christmas – to five ladies who now love them just as much as I do.
You may be familiar with Duct Tape and Denim. If you are a FOLK subscriber, you were introduced to Ann in the High Summer 2012 Issue. Ann shares her story below:
“Duct Tape and Denim has officially been in business for two years. Although, I have created with recycled and repurposed materials all of my life. I love creating something out of ‘nothing’. I buy all of my supplies from American suppliers and try to find American-made as much as possible. I love being able to support other local craftsmen and small business owners.
I grew up on a farm in Texas with a farmer father and a mother who worked at the Post Office. She had been an art major in college and still loved to create. I remember one of her art books, Art on a Shoestring, in particular. It was full of projects to do with objects you could find around the house.
I began with paper crafting. From paper crafting I moved into mixed media and then into jewelry, where I seem to have found my niche. I first started making jewelry for myself and family members from some of my grandmother’s old brokenpieces. Friends and co-workers liked my creations and asked me to make items for them as well. From there I decided to open my Etsy store.
I would say that my mother and my grandmother have both had a huge influence on my creativity although my personal style is very different from both of them. They’ve both passed away now and my husband is my biggest supporter. When my oldest daughter went away to college, even though he wanted a home office, he allowed me to take over her room and use it as my craft room. He encourages me to be creative and get my stuff ‘out there.’
I have been asked many times where my inspiration comes from and it’s still hard for me to answer. I can’t explain exactly what draws me to a piece but here’s how my creative system works: I go out shopping and something attracts me. Sometimes I don’t even know what the item is. It may just be something about the shape or color, but it draws me in. If it’s something small I bring it home and lay it out on my desk. Sometimes I have been inspired to make something because I lay two things bought at different times next to each other on my desk and I see how they work together. Other times I see something that someone else has made and start to make something similar but only using items I already have.
Sometimes songs and Scriptures have inspired me to create a mixed media or jewelry piece. Currently I’m working on a line that has been inspired by some of the old hymns that I grew up with.
I have always been drawn to old, used pieces. Maybe because I grew up in a farmhouse, built in the early 20th century, and was surrounded by antique, vintage, or just old & used family heirlooms. I’m not an environmentalist but I am a Christian and I believe I should take care of God’s creation and recycle what I can. I still have one of the first measuring tape bracelets I made. It’s a plain tape bracelet and I wrote a Scripture verse on the back. I love to make jewelry that has a meaning.”
You can purchase Ann’s one-of-a-kind “Tutu’s for your wrist” in her etsy shop and can learn more about her on her website. You can also connect with Ann on Facebook, Twitter (@DuctTapeDenim) and Pinterest.
Enter to Win an original, one-of-a-kind “Tutu for Your Wrist” by leaving a comment on this post. What creative outlets have you dabbled with? Have you found your niche? Anne’s Tutu bracelets are made with a vintage measuring tape, rhinestone button, and tulle fringe. A winner will be selected at random on December 12th and contacted via email.
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