TheOliveTale

The Olive Tale • Jewelry from Repurposed Paper

South Bend, Indiana

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Announcement    •Dec 4-5 Christmas at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo
•Dec 10-12 Howard Park Holiday Market, South Bend

It's a good problem to not be able to keep up with demand, right?! Please consider coming to an upcoming event!


The Olive Tale won Best Newcomer at Art Beat 2021 out of 500 artists while featured as 1 of only 15 artists in the Fine Arts Showcase! Memorable event, to say the least! Thank you, Downtown South Bend!

The Olive Tale was featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine! Spring 2021 edition.

The way The Olive Tale works: I only make one of each pair so they are truly unique. If you want them, grab them before they're gone! Each pair of earrings includes my signature piece made from repurposed paper such as greeting cards & all that scrapbook paper I had from when I gave up on that hobby. Lol! Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop!

TheOliveTale • Jewelry from Repurposed Paper: A Love Story • repurposed paper is my signature • I love using wood & metal with my repurposed paper pieces that I make by hand • I only make 1 of each pair so no 2 are alike making them truly unique, just like you • I make customs too so message me your wishes & I will make them come true!

With more than ten years of experience as a photographer, I transitioned to found art and jewelry design after getting some time off work from my job as a church secretary for knee surgery at the beginning of 2020. My full time "side" hustle became my full time "front" hustle after leaving the church the beginning of June, just 17 months after starting by business! The Olive Tale is based out of my home in Indiana, where I was born and raised. I have my jewelry in over 10 local shops and was recently featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine's Spring edition. I spend my weekends releasing jewelry in my Etsy shop, at in-person events or in my living room watching a lot of TV while making earrings and destroying my living room with supplies on every surface.

My love of earrings and creative variety led me to repurpose paper materials in an unconventional way. I was literally preparing for my time off work for surgery and thought 'I have a whole lot of scrapbook paper from when I gave up on that hobby' and began experimenting. I then got into all the boxes of cards my husband gave me over the years. Now, he is very careful to only buy good quality cards with bright colors and funky patterns. I promised him that I would wait a whole 24 hours before I cut them up. He loves me. Earrings were one of those things that I was always attracted to, like always looked at, but rarely bought either because I didn't have enough money to buy them or they were never exactly what I wanted. I want like a different pair of earrings every day for the rest of my life so if you can't afford it, make it, I always say! As an artist with a background in photography, I want to inspire others to see the world and its beauty from diverse perspectives. When's the last time you really, I mean, really looked at a card you were given? I used to just open, read, close, set on a shelf. Dusty boxes of old greeting cards can find new life in the present, turned into something surprisingly beautiful. So many stacks of greeting cards, stationary, Kleenex boxes and other unique paper products have been donated that would have otherwise just been thrown out. I accept them with open arms and repay your generosity by making a piece of jewelry from your donation as a thank you. My goal with this jewelry business is to connect with people, sometimes over a birthday card from their grandma, and instead of it collecting dust in a drawer, it gets a second chance. The story continues. Here's to many more years of telling the Olive Tale.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2021

•Dec 4-5 Christmas at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo
•Dec 10-12 Howard Park Holiday Market, South Bend

It's a good problem to not be able to keep up with demand, right?! Please consider coming to an upcoming event!


The Olive Tale won Best Newcomer at Art Beat 2021 out of 500 artists while featured as 1 of only 15 artists in the Fine Arts Showcase! Memorable event, to say the least! Thank you, Downtown South Bend!

The Olive Tale was featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine! Spring 2021 edition.

The way The Olive Tale works: I only make one of each pair so they are truly unique. If you want them, grab them before they're gone! Each pair of earrings includes my signature piece made from repurposed paper such as greeting cards & all that scrapbook paper I had from when I gave up on that hobby. Lol! Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop!

TheOliveTale • Jewelry from Repurposed Paper: A Love Story • repurposed paper is my signature • I love using wood & metal with my repurposed paper pieces that I make by hand • I only make 1 of each pair so no 2 are alike making them truly unique, just like you • I make customs too so message me your wishes & I will make them come true!

With more than ten years of experience as a photographer, I transitioned to found art and jewelry design after getting some time off work from my job as a church secretary for knee surgery at the beginning of 2020. My full time "side" hustle became my full time "front" hustle after leaving the church the beginning of June, just 17 months after starting by business! The Olive Tale is based out of my home in Indiana, where I was born and raised. I have my jewelry in over 10 local shops and was recently featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine's Spring edition. I spend my weekends releasing jewelry in my Etsy shop, at in-person events or in my living room watching a lot of TV while making earrings and destroying my living room with supplies on every surface.

My love of earrings and creative variety led me to repurpose paper materials in an unconventional way. I was literally preparing for my time off work for surgery and thought 'I have a whole lot of scrapbook paper from when I gave up on that hobby' and began experimenting. I then got into all the boxes of cards my husband gave me over the years. Now, he is very careful to only buy good quality cards with bright colors and funky patterns. I promised him that I would wait a whole 24 hours before I cut them up. He loves me. Earrings were one of those things that I was always attracted to, like always looked at, but rarely bought either because I didn't have enough money to buy them or they were never exactly what I wanted. I want like a different pair of earrings every day for the rest of my life so if you can't afford it, make it, I always say! As an artist with a background in photography, I want to inspire others to see the world and its beauty from diverse perspectives. When's the last time you really, I mean, really looked at a card you were given? I used to just open, read, close, set on a shelf. Dusty boxes of old greeting cards can find new life in the present, turned into something surprisingly beautiful. So many stacks of greeting cards, stationary, Kleenex boxes and other unique paper products have been donated that would have otherwise just been thrown out. I accept them with open arms and repay your generosity by making a piece of jewelry from your donation as a thank you. My goal with this jewelry business is to connect with people, sometimes over a birthday card from their grandma, and instead of it collecting dust in a drawer, it gets a second chance. The story continues. Here's to many more years of telling the Olive Tale.

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The Olive Tale - Jewelry from Repurposed Paper: A Love Story

With more than ten years of experience as a photographer, I transitioned to found art and jewelry design after getting some time off work for knee surgery at the beginning of 2020. My love of earrings and creative variety has led me to repurpose paper materials in an unconventional way. As an artist with a background in photography, I want to inspire others to see the world and its beauty from diverse perspectives. Dusty boxes of old greeting cards can find new life in the present. Even junk mail can be made into something surprisingly beautiful.

Each of my featherlight pieces showcases recycling and upcycling at its finest and is, most definitely, one of a kind. It is this unique quality that sets The Olive Tale apart from the mass-produced jewelry market and gives each piece a special distinction. The same artistic story is never told twice.

I'm encouraged that you have chosen my piece to adorn your life, knowing that its story will continue through you. I look forward to many more years of inspiring and creating together, as we tell The Olive Tale.

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  • Jenna Trethewey, The Narrator of The Olive Tale

    Owner, Designer

    With many years of experience as a photographer, I transitioned to found art & jewelry design using repurposed paper in an unconventional way. I hope to inspire others to see the world from diverse, and often surprisingly beautiful, perspectives.

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