juNxtaposition | Typewriter Key Jewelry
Do you have someone on your list who truly appreciates re-purposed jewelry or is in the field of journalism? Are you looking for something for a special someone that is unique? Tonight’s Gift Guide Giveaway features juNxtaposition, owned and operated by Jeanne Cherry. She shares her story below:
“I have been an artist/crafter for as long as I can remember. My Grandma taught me how to knit when I was 4! I always loved to draw and won art exhibits as a child. Not to mention, I participated in every craft imaginable as a girl scout. As for being a recycler, or ‘picker’ as we call it, that started as soon as I could drive myself to the flea market and ride around on ‘trash’ night in our neighborhood looking for cast offs!
I was not interested in antiques until my grandparents passed away. As we were cleaning out their house I came across a hoosier cabinet in the basement that my Pap had filled with old coffee cans packed full of screws, nails, nuts and bolts. I fell in love instantly! I pulled it out and cleaned it up. It then sat in my kitchen for a long time…(now it is my shipping station in my studio).
This all led to ‘Your Grandmother’s Kitchen’ antique shop which I owned with a friend for a number of years. We specialized in hoosier cabinets (which were all made here in the US), but carried a number of other antique items. This led to more flea markets, and auctions and weekend antique fairs to hunt for inventory.
Somewhere along the way I had enough of moving furniture all of the time and was looking for something ‘smaller’ that I could do alone. I painted for a while, small vintage items, etc, but I still wanted something even smaller than that ! I noticed that typewriters were always available at auctions and fleas for a really low price, or free, because no one wanted to lift them. I had seen typewriter bracelets in a very high end catalog and thought ‘I can do that’ – only much less expensively so that they can be shared with everyone! I went out and I found some typewriters and gave it a shot. This is when juNxtaposition was born. The art of placement of juNk! (a takeoff of the decorating term juxtaposition) That was 7 years ago. The antique store is now closed, and the jewelry has gone through many changes and upgrades that have led me to where I am now.
I create a line of jewelry and accessories that are made with other’s discards. I believe in a sustainable approach to fashion and revel in making old into new. On-trend, I am using a host of recycled materials which include long forgotten antique typewriters, old keys, discarded formica samples, dusty old dictionaries and silverware aged and tarnished to perfection. (again, all quality items that were originally made in the US)
I now sell on my website and travel the country vending at art events including the famed Country Living Fairs in Ohio, Georgia and Texas.
I also write a blog about my hunts and adventures, “trails and tribulations.” While I sell a number of unique items, the typewriter jewelry is still my number one seller. I love the idea that you can touch the key and imagine who’s fingers came before yours so many years ago. And who knows what could have been written on it!
I am a big proponent of women in business, small business, and handmade. As well as supporting made in the USA and your local artists. I am an artist sponsor of a local organization “I made it Market” which serves the art community in Pittsburgh by orchestrating ‘markets’ all over the city numerous times each year. I was recently chosen in the “top 10 in jewelry” for the 10 Days of Indie Merchant Gifts, an annual celebration of the artists, craftspeople, designers and other independent merchants who make one-of-a-kind products on Entrepreneur.com. This was quite an exciting honor.
I like to claim I was ‘green’ long before ‘green’ was cool and while I still consider myself an ‘old school hippie’, (with new generations of crafter’s being predominately younger than me) I love seeing similarities between my generation’s designers and this new, emerging group of young people who enjoy art, the environment and a strong sense of community.”
Enter to Win Jeanne’s typewriter key jewelry by leaving a comment on this post. Do you have fond memories of using an old-fashioned typewriter? As a child I used to play with my Father’s typewriter. Today I fondly wear my ‘H’ juNxtaposition necklace in honor of that dusty old machine that jump started my writing career.
Jeanne’s typewriter key jewelry is created with keys taken from antiques typewriters. They are cleaned, polished and set in silver plated findings all created here is the US. While utilizing items for purposes other than that for which they were intended, combined with creative energy, unique prospective and other’s discarded ‘junk’ Jeanne designs eco friendly goods that are hip and trendy, while being appealing and useful to society – proving that ‘DIY Fashion’ can complement traditional fashion ideals.
THREE winners will be selected at random on December 10th and contacted via email. Two lucky winners will receive a typewriter key bracelet and the third will receive a typewriter key pendant necklace!
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