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Hello

Welcome to Jezabel Unrepentant Adornment. Why unrepentant? Because I believe that we each have the right to adorn our bodies however we see fit, whether that is with the clothes we wear, the tattoos we cover our skin with or the jewelry we put on to help us feel like our genuine selves. 

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My Story

Living a creative lifestyle is my life's blood. Making things is what makes me feel alive, happy, content. I've been a self-taught artist in one medium or another for most of my adult life. I spent more than 25 years in the Fiber Arts arena creating one-of-a-kind quilts, art quilts, hand dyed and painted fabrics and embellishments. I wrote books, magazine articles, published patterns, lectured and taught around the country, shot hundreds of how-to videos and had my own stores and gallery. Then one day, at the height of my career, I hit a wall. I realized I was done with the fiber arts/quilting industry and rather than working with others to help them in their creative journey, it was time for me to go out and see what it would be like to sell my artwork to the public, to be a "real" working artist, relying on the sale of my work for my livelihood. 

So, at the wise old age of 51, at the end of 2014, I left my home in Denver and moved to Oregon to become part of the Portland Saturday Market with the intent of creating art five days a week and selling it every weekend from my Market booth boutique. I joined the market and within a few short months, fell flat on my face. My work was too large, too expensive and not a good fit for the mostly tourist, market customers. As a singleton, with no other form of income, I found myself left with two choices, find another medium to work in, or get a job. Returning to my former career was not an option.

So, I did some research and discovered that many of the members who had consistently healthy incomes at the Market, were jewelry artisans. I had dabbled for years in many other mediums including some jewelry making so I figured, why not? It was a slow journey of self-discovery, filled with as many mistakes and missteps as one can imagine but, I fell in love with fire and metal. I slowly acquired the tools of the trade and with the help of my mentor John Vesowate (owner of West Coast Findings, who sadly passed away in 2022) and many fellow market jewelry artisans who eagerly shared their knowledge, I learned how to use fire and force to form metal.  

To say that I fell in love with metalsmithing is an understatement. For some reason, I am pushed, motivated, whatever you want to call it, with the question, "what happens if...."(which makes me well suited for art making). And, since I had no formal training (nor could I afford it if I had wanted it), everything I learned was through trial and error.  And boy did those errors teach me.  Through overheating silver, I learned about reticulation and granulation - which became my design mainstays. And, just like I had done in my fiber arts and quilting career, I learned how to get around the need for perfection in cutting and measuring (I'm highly dyslexic) and found my own voice as a Metalsmith. 

My first year or so as a metalsmith was filled with financial hardships to be sure, but I eventually found success with my new jewelry business and was finally easing into my Portland life. I had found my rhythm and was really enjoying my life filled with artistic and financial success. Then..... fucking Covid!

The Pandemic shut down the Portland Saturday Market along with the rest of the world and I found myself without a job. Making enough jewelry for the market had kept me from diversifying and though I had a website and Etsy store, I didn't have enough of an online following to survive, and my metalsmithing career came to an abrupt end.

Fastforward 2 years of working for other businesses (which as a lifelong entrepreneur I am ill-suited for) I found myself in a state of misery that I had never been in before. I was on my 4th job in two years, unhappy and feeling completely lost.  I had not created one single thing in 2 years and felt hopeless.  Then, just six months ago in January of 2023, I decided it was time to get back to it, stop feeling sorry for myself and find another creative outlet, and start really living again. At that time, I was managing a small boutique that sold a lot of basic jewelry and thought to myself, " I can make earrings better than this, so why am I not doing it?"  

I began with the idea of affordability, for both me and the customer. Then I added in uniqueness, but with an eye on trends and jumped in with both feet. By April I had my wholesale storefront set up on Faire.com (an online wholesale marketplace) with 120 unique products and by the end of May, I did my first show. I have partnered with a lovely friend, Roshi, who owns a store specializing in her re-imagined furnishings and home goods called Olive Patina and together we are taking the Colorado Arts & Crafts show scene by storm! I quit my job on the 1st of June and got busy making more product and with the help of my daughter, Haley, building this site. 

So, here I am, using all of my color and design knowledge, mixed with my metalsmithing skills, creating new work for women and young girls to adorn themselves with all while remembering and honoring who I am - a creative being. 

Thanks so much for coming along,

Heather

 

Contact

I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

123-456-7890 

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