What do you get when you let a junk gypsy loose in an art studio? You’ll get my unique approach to creating one-of-a-kind treasures. Whether you wear one of my enameled jewelry pieces or use one of my reconditioned vintage [RE]-fried bags: each piece is inspired by what I find in my daily interactions with the world around me. When you own one of my pieces – you are truly in possession of something exclusive and unique.

aerosmith bag

t-shirt-bag-frontA well-loved t-shirt , salvaged upholstery fabric and reclaimed leather have been turned into a perfect everyday bag. Any discoloration of the t-shirt fabric is the result of natural wear and aging of the material.

Fully lined with unbleached canvas, this bag can easily hold your essentials.

Strap is made from a recycled, well-worn belt.t-shirt-bag-back

Much time and attention to detail is put into making every [RE]-fried bag a one of a kind treasure.

 

 

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mail tote

Reconditioned mail bag: [RE] - fried bag by Southern Fried ArtistThe material used to construct this bag is 40+ years old, but still in great condition. Any discoloration you might see in the fabric is the result of numerous years of wear and aging. Sturdy, well-loved canvas salvaged from a hand lettered 1960’s era postal bag has been turned into a perfect everyday bag.Reconditioned mail bag: [RE] - fried bag by Southern Fried Artist

Fully lined with navy blue denim fabric, this bag can easily hold your essentials.

Straps made from a recycled, well-worn belt.

Much time and attention to detail is put into making every [RE]-fried bag a one of a kind treasure.
Reconditioned mail bag: [RE] - fried bag by Southern Fried Artist

army bag

1950's reconditioned army bag: [RE] - fried bag by Southern Fried ArtistSturdy, well-loved canvas salvaged from a 1960’s era army duffle bag has been turned into the perfect everyday bag. Original printing and stitching from the canvas has been incorporated into this bag to highlight the unique character of the material. Any discoloration you see in the fabric is the result of years of natural wear and aging.

Fully lined with navy blue denim fabric, this bag can easily hold your essentials

Straps made from a recycled, well-worn belt.1950's reconditioned army bag: [RE] - fried bag by Southern Fried Artist

Much time and effort is put into making every [RE]-fried bag a one of a kind treasure.

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nail mail

nail apron reconditioned vintage bag: [RE] - fried bags by Southern Fried ArtistThe material used to construct this bag is 40+ years old, but is still in great condition. Any discoloration you see in the fabric, is the result of years of natural wear and aging. Sturdy, well-loved canvas salvaged from a hand lettered 1960’s era postal bag has been paired with 1950’s era carpenter’s nail apron and turned into a perfect everyday bag.

Fully lined with navy blue denim fabric, this bag can easily hold your essentials

Straps made from 10oz medium brown cowhide .

Much time and effort is put into making every [RE]-fried bag a one of a kind treasure.

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nail apron reconditioned vintage bag: [RE] - fried bags by Southern Fried Artist

acorns

torch-fired enamel 'acorns' on jade and agate necklace #southernfriedartistJade and agate beads in shades of coral-red combined with swarovski crystals and enamel beads created to resemble acorns. Several coats of transparent shades of mandarin, green and pink are torch-fired at 1500 degrees to produce the luster finish you see.

Inspired by my love of fall and the photo seen here. Lush and lovely colors that are generally seen in nature this time of year.nature-wallpapers-red-autumn-leaves-wallpaper-31325

PWF book #2

mastering torch-fired enamel jewelry, Barbara Lewis, #southernfriedartistHere it is – the second book by Barbara Lewis. Not only did I have the opportunity to purchase it directly from the author in her St. Petersburg, FL studio/shop, but I also had the pleasure of taking her teacher certification course.

Barbara’s enthusiasm and ease at teaching made it a pleasure to take a course from her. I highly recommend that if you ever find yourself in St. Pete, that you drop in – or better yet, sign up for one of her courses.

recycled beauty

grandma's butter knife upccycled with hand formed torch-fired enamel flowersRecycled from Grandma’s kitchen – are two silver plated butter knives that are formed into cuff bracelets. Handmade metal work flowers are coated in vitreous enamels in two shades green and torch-fired at 1500 degrees to produce the luster finish you see. The enamel flowers are attached to the cuff bracelet with micro-screws to complete the look.

The visual inspiration for these recycled pieces is the photo seen here. Old trucks, fresh from the farm, have a wonderful assortment of rich patina colors.7c80429cd83ec3f61852f59d9cd7bbf1

 

 

cherries

Round cut jade beads, cherry red natural coral beads, handmade metalwork and enameled base and flower; dark brown genuine leather cording completes the look.Round cut jade beads in a darker shade of green (appreciated for guarding its wearer against accidents and misfortune) are found on the lowest strand; cherry red natural coral beads on the center strand and round jade beads in an opaque pale green finish off the top-tier of this adjustable necklace. A handmade metalwork base and flower are coated in lichen green and fire-red enamel respectively, and serve as a unique focal piece. Each enamel piece is hand-formed; coated in vitreous enamel and torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees. Dark brown genuine leather cording completes the look.

This look was inspired by the appeal of vintage green milk glass bowls filled with fresh cherries – pictured here.87c326d12a2ebf04cd28e6c3d0c39e14 Great when paired with a sundress or used to brighten a pale winter sweater.