I can remember a time when life was simpler, when my dresses were made of peach and blue flour sacks, sweet blackberries grew in the mountain meadows, as I waited each spring for the purple pansies and yellow roses to bloom in the old tin bathing tubs that stood next to the front porch. Every time you wear my designs my wish is for you to visit those simpler times, filling your life with color, laughter and family.
A artist and designer from a young age I grew up in the Appalachia Mountains of Georgia. Raised by a Quaker Grandmother and Great-Grandmother who were both master quilt makers and seamstress, they created art in the most amazing colors. My childhood was spent surrounded by these strong creative women and I learned that these colorful designs brought great joy to our friends and neighbors.
As a teenager, I left my mountain home and moved to Southern California, but my southern roots held strong to family and traditions of that gentler time and my mountain home. Grandma taught me to be fearless in life and my art journey with exploration of color and design, I became a master integrative artist and was featured in magazines, blogs, and TV for my art, sculpting, and studio classes. In the 70's I was designing jewelry for the employees of my local movie studios in the San Fernando Valley and supporting my way through college with a degree in accounting. I worked in the accounting field for 25 years and explored art in my spare time.
It was 2002, and my father passed away suddenly, but before his passing he told me to leave corporate America and more fully explore my artistic passion. His last words to me on a stormy night in October was "You are a Star and you will shine the Brightest", he passed away the following day on November 2nd. To honor my father I created a vintage memorial bracelet in the most amazing colors of the rainbow, with the charms he collected for me as he traveled on business in the 1960's. Friends, family and neighbors praised my colorful vintage bracelet and jewelry became my artistic passion and outlet of healing from the passing of my dad. This passion to bring joy to others through, colorful, nostalgic and personalized jewelry morphed into a business that I started pursuing in 2002. It was time for a change and to leave the corporate job behind.
I did an exit plan, knowing accounting was not my passion and left the profession in 2004 to do art and jewelry full time. I did juried jewelry shows, taught classes in color theory, sculpting, mixed media art and jewelry design from 2004-2010 and opened my first ecommerce store in 2005. Since 2010 I have fully worked on selling on-line, it's been an amazing experience and I get up each day filled with gratitude that I can create and live an artistic life thankful for all the wonderful people that help me daily on my journey. Blackberry Designs Jewelry came from the wild blackberries that grew on the hills near my home.
We all have a story to tell and each of our journeys are our own. I create detailed jewelry that speaks to the heart of my customers, from the cabbage rose in my Vintage Alice in Wonderland Design, to the long stem rose in Beauty and the Beast, my jewelry paints stories through color, images, charms and design with a touch of sparkle. My jewelry is steeped in my beloved mountain life with craftmanship of another era.
Let my creations take you back to a nostalgic time when life was gentler, words were kinder and laughter was easy. Come sit a spell with my Grandmother Mattie on her front porch snapping green beans from the garden while the firefly dance in the moonlight. My mountain life inspired my over 600 vintage designs.
My Artisan Jewelry is Handcrafted in my California Studio from non tarnish stainless steel, real fresh water pearls, Austrian Crystals, and engineered for comfort and a perfect fit. My collections are sure to bring a smile to your face and laughter in your heart as you are whisked away to a special place of color, laughter, and joy.
"A Life filled without Color is Half a Life" ~ Mattie Finley, Great Grandmother
Blackberry Designs Jewelry
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