Dusty Brown is an artist, writer, marketing consultant and a community volunteer.
A piece from Nashville artist Dusty Brown's jewelry line comes to life as each bead is hand picked and placed to form just the right visual appeal. The results are beaded necklaces, bracelets and sterling silver earrings that can’t be mistaken for mass produced while hitting all of the right notes... all handcrafted in dear old Music City USA.
The buzz about Dusty’s work is overwhelmingly positive. The color combinations and varying materials set the jewelry line apart, and customers can spot a Dusty Brown piece when they see it.
Antique keys, watches and lockets adorn sterling silver, copper or brass chains, complimented by beautiful gemstone, wood and glass beads. Hand hammered, soldered and finished metal pieces are flanked by a tiny dangling carved horn feather. Supple red leather is cut and sewn with ivory lace edging and a vintage button closure.
Dusty Brown is a Nashville jewelry and fashion artist, a published feature writer, a marketing & public relations specialist, an incredibly avid reader and a scottie dog owner. She also happens to be momma to Miles and Lola with a degree in journalism.
Most Recent Professional Accomplishments...
Unconditional:Selected to provide the jewelry used to dress Lynn Collins in the upcoming film, Unconditional, formerly known as Firebird. www.UnconditionalTheMovie.com
Featured in Nashville Arts Magazine, Appalachian Arts Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles website, Style Promenade, The Pulse, Murfreesboro Magazine, The Stir website, The
Tennessean, The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro Post, +
Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., Journalism: Public Relations, minor: Speech/Theater.
In 2002, I created my own handmade jewelry line. I am proud to say that my line has been sold at many juried shows, been invited to participate in gallery shows, sold in boutiques and online and featured in multiple publications. I use high quality components including sterling silver, gemstones, wood and glass beads and antique cameos & keys. Each and every piece of Dusty Brown Jewelry is created by me at my lime green, star-burst pattern, 1950's hand-me-down formica table in my art studio.
When I create a piece of my jewelry, I don't follow a pattern or just recreate something I've made before, though I do make multiples of many pieces. Each piece is created one stone or bead at a time. I do not simply decide on, for example, a large turquoise stone, blindly grab one and move on. I sift through each piece of turquoise and select the perfect stone with just the right appearance for that one piece and it shows. Every piece represents the artistry that I put into the composition of said piece, and this sets my line apart. I hope you will agree.
Please know that if you do select a piece from the Dusty Brown line, your investment in my art and my studio is protected by my willingness to repair or replace the item if you break it or lose a component.. I have had less than a handful of repairs in over eight years, but should you accidentally damage a piece by catching a necklace in something or by bending an earring beyond your abilities to reshape it, I will gladly find a way to make your art wearable again. I have maintained my low repair level by using the absolute best beading wire available, capable of holding over 100 pounds without snapping. *Though I can not replace antique cameos for obvious reasons, I work hard to ensure that components are securely attached, even if removable.
Because I am an artist who created this line out of a passion for technique, texture and beauty, I do not pass the increased costs of using the highest quality of components on to my customers. Instead, I work very hard to utilize large volume rates by purchasing big, attend professional trade shows to get the most beautiful stones at often negotiable prices and search high and low for my antique items at reasonable prices. Many times, you can purchase a pair of my sterling silver earrings with gemstones for the same price range as a pair of 'fake' earrings at a large retailer. The same goes for my bracelets and necklaces.
If you browse my full selection in person, you will see that I make a wide variety of items. Though beading is often prominent in my line, I also work with sterling chain, metal stamping and mixed media handmade pendants in clay or wood. At times, I use leather cuffs embellished with stones and beads. Many would say that my sterling silver chains with varying antique items used as pendants are a bit of my signature and I would agree. You can also sometimes spy art that isn't jewelry at all, like handmade magnets, sewn items, painted canvasses and so on, in my catalogue, though these projects are generally available in limited quantites as they are created when I feel like a change for a while.
Please do send me an email at Dusty@DustyBrown.net or call 615.439.7836 to discuss custom products, carrying my line in your establishment or for more information on my writing, editing and creative services offered.
Bombshells Spa & Salon
Reeves-Sain Gift Shoppe
Sugaree's on the Square
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop
Cornerstone Cheesecake & Gifts
Modest is More Fashion Event
Nashville Art Magazine, 8/2008
Murfreesboro Magazine, 4/2010
Murfreesboro Pulse, 10/2010
Daily News Journal, 2005
Durret Cheese and Gifts
Brasstown Valley Holiday Show
Music & Art at Blue Rooster
The Walnut House
The Greenway Art Festival
Uncle Dave Macon Days
The Pearl Ball
The Heart Ball
Campus School Holiday Festival
Luck of the 'Boro auction
Power of Pink
Bras for a Cause
Kristin Hunter Scholarship
Bryant Family Memorial auction
....and many more...