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Art is a feeling that starts in the abdomen and works its way up in tiny tendrils and shivers until it reaches the heart, the mind, the fingers. Sometimes, art is a wisp, a single breath that rides on the wind and you have to catch it by its tail and clutch it tightly until you run into the house and grab your clay, brush, or pencil. It’s a spark that ignites a fire.

Teresa is a woman who has that fire.

A designer, artist and mother, Teresa began her artistic career in the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived her whole life. Beginning with the structured chaos of mosaics design, she worked in commercial settings installing mosaic designs, she ran a mosaic retail store, and she taught classes from 2002 until 2007. As much as she loved the ancient art of mosaics, in the true nature of the artist, Teresa felt compelled to light a…

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  • Born on May 1
  • Joined May 23, 2009

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Silver and vintage typewriter parts

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About

Art is a feeling that starts in the abdomen and works its way up in tiny tendrils and shivers until it reaches the heart, the mind, the fingers. Sometimes, art is a wisp, a single breath that rides on the wind and you have to catch it by its tail and clutch it tightly until you run into the house and grab your clay, brush, or pencil. It’s a spark that ignites a fire.

Teresa is a woman who has that fire.

A designer, artist and mother, Teresa began her artistic career in the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived her whole life. Beginning with the structured chaos of mosaics design, she worked in commercial settings installing mosaic designs, she ran a mosaic retail store, and she taught classes from 2002 until 2007. As much as she loved the ancient art of mosaics, in the true nature of the artist, Teresa felt compelled to light a different flame. She followed the heat to a new type of art: jewelry design.

Working in fine silver and re-purposed materials, Teresa taught herself to design, wrap, work, tool, and create jewelry from these green materials, and she couldn’t be happier at the success of her “little jewelry business.” Using everything from upcycled typewriter keys to hand-sculpted and tooled recycled silver, Teresa offers a line of precious metal jewelry in a multitude of styles and themes, though she specializes in initials. “We are all a little narcissistic,” she laughs. What better way to show your own self love than with a piece of art that bears the first letter of your name?

But Teresa doesn’t stop at initials, or even at silver. She repurposes bits of hardware in her sexy, edgy designs, as well as old poker chips which feature unique, youthful, and glossy images that express the inner machinations of her artistic spirit. Like her feminine Donatienne line of initials matches her femininity, so does her Ace line of vintage typewriter keys matches her flavor for the past—a girl anachronism. Her found object designs using beach stones ripple with her love of nature. Her Petit L’Amour line of cursive initials in small, simple silver discs speaks to her romantic spirit, while her repurposed hardware and upcycled poker chips echo both her desire to protect the earth as well as her unique perspective of it.

Without a doubt, Teresa’s jewelry is one of a kind – much like Teresa herself. Maybe it’s her vibrant red hair that gives her the spark—the fire of creation. Tom Robbins once suggested that redheads were descended from demigods, after all. Whatever the case, it can’t be argued that Teresa sees the world through a lens unlike any other. Her jewelry is a testament to that.

Teresa can most often be found “twirling with her muse” in her home studio near the shores of the

Puget Sound, her coffee cup close at hand, with music playing and family nearby.

Written by Araminta Star Matthews
Information from Heidi Kenyon and Teresa Deleen


You may find pretties that sparkle in my second shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/maedaydesign

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