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Meet the Artisans of Joyfull Designs

Joy Bowles – JoyFull Designs

I have been in the Biology and Environmental fields for most of my life and career. To keep my sanity, I have always used Art as my “therapy.” I started out making stained glass, then began making jewelry in 2005. I have taken many classes and made assorted styles of jewelry including fused glass and silver-smithing. During the Pandemic, I noticed that people were dressing more casually, so I began concentrating on “Art for the Hair.” I prefer “repurposing” jewelry that I find at Thrift stores and various sales due to my l commitment to reusing items to reduce waste. But wherever I find the “focal pieces,” I incorporate them into unique, eclectic art - many with coastal, biological, and fantasy themes.

I have been in the Biology and Environmental fields for most of my life and career. To keep my sanity, I have always used Art as my “therapy.” I started out making stained glass, then began making jewelry in 2005. I have taken many classes and made assorted styles of jewelry including fused glass and silver-smithing.

During the Pandemic, I noticed that people were dressing more casually, so I began concentrating on “Art for the Hair.” I prefer “repurposing” jewelry that I find at Thrift stores and various sales due to my l commitment to reusing items to reduce waste. But wherever I find the “focal pieces,” I incorporate them into unique, eclectic art - many with coastal, biological, and fantasy themes.

Nan Neelley – JoyFull Designs

I was born and raised in Maine. At an early age, creative repurposing was instilled in me. Grampy had a wood shop and restored antiques acquired by the Maine State Museum for displays. Grammy gathered scraps of upholstery fabric from a local shop that made ladies handbags in the 1960's.

 

I always explored their stashes ...what did they have and what could I make with it?

Upon retiring from a 40-year nursing career, my husband and I settled in Belfast. Here I connected with my neighbor who creates original jewelry designs. We teamed up to add her "bling" to my fiber art. We are now co-creators for her business, JoyFull Designs. I continue to gather and repurpose lovingly used wool, cotton, linen, and denim fibers that reflect a natural beauty in their imperfections

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