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 Leather necklace with original 1920s shoe buckle and No. 8 turquoise.

Leather necklace with original 1920s shoe buckle and No. 8 turquoise.

Denise hagood

Every piece of jewelry that I make is the result of many hours of careful searching, curating and creating.  Rare items such as Victorian buckles, vintage furniture hardware and forgotten treasures from the past are my design partners.  I want to honor that timeless beauty and collaborate with it.  Working in combination with leather and gemstones, I aim for a natural look & feel that is a simple pleasure to wear, every day.

Western style is nuanced in much of my work.  I search for the lyrical which lies hidden within the literal:  The curve of an antique dresser pull resembles a lariat.  The design of an Art-Deco shoe buckle channels the motif from an old Navajo weaving.

My love of creativity began as a child in the early 1960s when I was surrounded by the prolific and highly original art made by my father. Although I never actually knew him in my life, his work was a spur to my own artistic efforts. A rustic necklace that he made resonated with me. Brilliantly crafted, it spoke to my young soul and enlightened me to the fact that valuable art can emerge from the most humble materials. 

Born and raised in the American west, I’ve viewed the land and its native cultures with respect and awe.  A long career as a graphic designer and years of residency and study of art in Europe have further shaped my aesthetic views.  Life is a gift of joy, mixed with challenge and lots of hard work.  I value all of my past experiences for the precious insight it provides today.

To the many extraordinary individuals who wear my designs, I send my heartfelt thanks. You are my inspiration, and the reason why I love being a jewelry artist.

 

 Works by my Father: Bird in a Poplar Tree - carved wood, 1960.  Ocean Necklace - metal, bale wire, beach glass and coral, 1972.

Works by my Father: Bird in a Poplar Tree - carved wood, 1960.  Ocean Necklace - metal, bale wire, beach glass and coral, 1972.

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