Artists ~ Jill Lucena ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Jill Lucena
Shop name: Jill Lucena Upcycled Accessories
Twitter: @JLucenaUpcycled
Facebook: Jill Lucena Upcycled Accessories

1. Tell us about your work
I create upcycled accessories that are handmade from aluminum cans, old greeting cards and other materials that were once destined for the trash.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have been designing jewelry for several years working mostly with sea glass and natural materials. I became interested in the concept of upcycling when I discovered that beautiful, interesting and wearable accessories could be made from items that most people consider trash.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I have always been a very observant person so I feel like I am naturally stimulated by everything around me. I can become inspired by the simplest thing (like the color of a coffee cup!) and from there the design just flows.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Anything that reflects my passion for jewelry design and color. My upcycled line is specifically designed with all types of women in mind from fun and funky to stylishly elegant. I really enjoy creating custom pieces for individuals who would like to turn a sentimental greeting card, poem, invitation etc. into a lasting pieces of jewelry they can enjoy for years to come.

5. What’s your best seller?
Earrings are always a best seller for me. Women can never have too many pairs of earrings or shoes because they always fit!

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I am a native Rhode Islander and grew up in Cumberland. I now live in Cranston with my husband where I create from my home studio.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I can say without question - our beaches. I've lived here my entire life and it still takes my breath away that I get to call this beautiful place home.


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