Football was never on the TV in the home I was raised in. In fact, my first attendance at a super bowl party was not until college. I was raised by passionate antique collectors. My parents ran estate sales, were appraisers and owned an auction house. By the age of ten I had been inside of more people’s home than most people visit in a lifetime. As a child, I was given the task of sifting and sorting through the long lost treasures of people from generations gone by. It was early on in my life that I became a collector of odds and ends; old photos, fancy buttons and beautiful, glittering costume jewelry. There was just something about those that ignited in me a feeling of creative inspiration. I knew those treasures would serve a purpose for me one day.
My mother has always known how to work hard and play hard! In the summers we would retreat to a small island off the coast of Downeast Maine. Mom adored the beach and needed her ocean fix like most people crave coffee in the morning. The best part about visiting the beach was being taught the tradition that had been passed down through generations in my mother’s family. I come from a long line of sea glass collectors. By the age of four I was always up at dawn begging for someone to take me down to the beach so that I could see what the tide had washed in. And thus, the vast collection of sea glass began.
As I grew up I continued my love for vintage oddities and beach combing. My collection grew and in the midst of its compilation art was born. I began with simple design work using recycled beads from old pieces of jewelry. I experimented with different ways to create using sea glass, driftwood and sea urchins. Over time, I began creating wire wrapped sea glass jewelry that I paired with bead jewelry and vintage assemblage creations. It became clear to me that no random object was too small or insignificant to become part of something beautiful.
In addition to creating, I enjoy sharing my treasures in the assemblage art and jewelry courses I teach. It is fun to see how a small object that may seem meaningless to most will resonate with one person and from there become part of something greater and personal.
It is my hope that others enjoy what I create and each of my pieces find the person they belong with. I am always happy to do custom design work. I love feedback of all kinds too. In order to contact me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 603-781-4308. For class schedules, upcoming events and articles about the world of vintage couture and assemblage design you can visit heatheralexander.blogspot.com