JULIE BRADLEY-NORTON

Whenever I was bored as a kid, my mom would simply hand me a sheet of paper and a pencil and I was as happy as a clam. Although I don't really know if clams are emotional creatures....but as usual I digress. I've always been an artist, and after art school where I studied children's book illustration and graphic design, I wanted people to enjoy my art in an exposed way not just hanging on a wall hidden away in a house.

My leather jewelry started with a pair of beautiful leather pants that no longer fit. As usual, I held on to them hoping they would fit again (Ha!). One day I decided to make them useful - Voila! Upcycled leather jewelry! With one snip of the scissors I was hooked. I love the feel of the leather in my hands and its endless possibilities. Each piece is meticulously cut by hand with an Exacto knife and scissors. I paint one side with a metallic paint because I want contrast to wear the piece with dark or light outfits.

My price points vary from $15 for a single pendant to the large capes around $500. Most of my items average between $30 and $60 for necklaces and bracelets.

Florance and Leah were my grandmothers who have both passed. They were as different as two women can be: the social butterfly immigrant and the artistic and quiet farm girl, but their joie de vivre and generous spirits continue to inspire me.    

After spending many years living in Philadelphia, I have returned to being a      Jersey Girl, now residing in Sewell with my wonderful husband, two bad dogs, and a mediocre cat.