PenelopesDen

Penelope's Den

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 61 Sales

PenelopesDen

Penelope's Den

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 61 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars
(25)

Shop owner

Joli

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Announcement   Contact me for custom requests and wholesale orders.
Trees of Life and everyday jewelry available here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rebellioustrees?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Last updated on Jun 6, 2016

Contact me for custom requests and wholesale orders.
Trees of Life and everyday jewelry available here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rebellioustrees?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Joli

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Joli

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Holli Powell

Holli Powell on Oct 28, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

These are just gorgeous and above expectations! Gave them as a gift and the recipient loves them.

Holli Powell

Holli Powell on Oct 28, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful, creative and fun! This is a great set and super happy to now be it's owner. :-)

Holli Powell

Holli Powell on Oct 28, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful, creative and fun! This is a great set and super happy to now be it's owner. :-)

Anonymous on Mar 14, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

stones were exactly as pictured , beautiful color and great price.

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About

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Here at Penelope's Den, we have always been drawn to history, traditional forms of art making, and things that require great amounts of details. A textile designer by training, Joli found her passion for making jewelry grew seamlessly out of the textures, colors, and patterns that she adores on fabric. These art forms - two of our most ancient technologies - have been passed down for millennia, lost, rediscovered, and innovated upon countless times, yet they always remain fresh. The objects we use to adorn our bodies define the way we see ourselves, and how others see us. For us, this is the most rewarding aspect of the work: the ability to shape and forge new identities through tapping into something as ancient as a gemstone, as constant as the earth.

The name for this shop comes from Ancient Greek mythology, from the legend of Penelope's ingenuity and resourcefulness in the Odyssey. She is one of the few notable weavers in antiquity, and she used her skills to outsmart an entire hoard determined to overrun her queendom. She was not precious about her work. She was not afraid to undo what she spent hours making, and her ability to prioritize what was important - her family, her home - is what allowed her to persevere in the face of adversity. She is most often remembered for her loyalty, but it was her resourcefulness and lack of sentimentality about her work that should be celebrated.

Penelope offers us crafty people two crucial lessons:
1) Don't get too precious about your work. Create, then destroy. It's part of the process.
2) Think outside the box. When confronted with a challenge, don't be afraid to take risks, even if it seems like those risks include negating what you've done so far.

Joli and Scott are both philosophers by nature, and by training. They spent many years teaching, before retiring to a life of domesticity and art making. Now, they spend their time raising Beni, making art, unmaking it, and making it over again. You can find them at festivals, art shows, the occasional lecture hall, hiking through the redwoods, or tending the garden.

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  • Joli

    Owner

    Joli has always been drawn to history, traditional forms of art, and things that require great details. A textile designer by training, she found her passion for jewelry grew seamlessly out of the textures, colors, and patterns she adores on fabric.

  • Scott

    Maker, Designer

    From printing to designing to lugging display stands around at art fairs, Scott is the all around multi-tasking one-man support ensemble. He's even developing a mean bath-bomb recipe at the moment, so watch out!

  • Beni

    Curator, Product Tester

    When he isn't busy managing his fleet of aviary, automotive, and locomotive vehicles, Beni serves as the product tester, ensuring that no prototype goes into production until it's been well and truly vetted. He's tough, but fair.

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