I discovered the art of assemblage, or collage jewelry about three years ago–and fell in love! In 2013, I gave myself a wonderful birthday present (for one of those birthdays that end in “0”): I spent two full days with a master collage jewelry artist. I was so excited—and learned so much.
Most of my collage necklaces are created with a combination of old and new components: I love scouring flea markets, thrift shops and garage sales for special finds. Friends and family members are always on the lookout for me, and have sent me shoe boxes filled with no-longer-worn costume jewelry. While some of my pieces may have the same look and feel, each piece is unique. Components may include vintage pieces (earrings, brooches, etc.), Swarovski crystals, pearls, a resin or ceramic face, a myriad of brass components. The chains of these necklaces are often a combination of vintage chain and new chain.
Each collage necklace takes many hours to create—usually over the course of two weeks. Using a brass necklace blank as the base, I plan only the major components of the piece. When I start a piece, I have no idea what the finished creation will look like.
My collage necklaces are equally at home with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, as they are with your little black dress.