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My creative career started in the darkroom. Photography was my passion but as it became harder to find the chemicals and the time to be in the darkroom I discovered jewelry.

After several years of running a jewelry business I discovered a way to combine my two loves. The images on my photographic jewelry come from my third favorite thing – walking my dogs. I have found so many wonderful things strolling in my neighborhood. They find their way into my light box and eventually into a jewelry element. It is almost as magical as the darkroom.

Buttons have always played a central character in my work. By making my own buttons and elements out of these photographs they become wearable fine art. Each piece is a little different from the next. They are all handmade by me.

Last year I enlarged…

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  • Joined August 25, 2007

Favorite materials

Photography, resin, buttons, beads, silver

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ShannonTippleLeen
Jewelry from Original Botanical Photographs

About

My creative career started in the darkroom. Photography was my passion but as it became harder to find the chemicals and the time to be in the darkroom I discovered jewelry.

After several years of running a jewelry business I discovered a way to combine my two loves. The images on my photographic jewelry come from my third favorite thing – walking my dogs. I have found so many wonderful things strolling in my neighborhood. They find their way into my light box and eventually into a jewelry element. It is almost as magical as the darkroom.

Buttons have always played a central character in my work. By making my own buttons and elements out of these photographs they become wearable fine art. Each piece is a little different from the next. They are all handmade by me.

Last year I enlarged one of the photographs to hang in my studio and discovered that they want to be wall art as well as jewelry. Simple and yet so complex, we rarely look at many of these items for more than a minute in our daily lives. When you take them out of the surrounding world you can really appreciate their intricacies.

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