bring your own heirlooms

a story necklace creation

instructed by kerry leasure

In this workshop, participants will use personal items to create their own Story Necklace. Participants will need to bring items of their own history that hold memory and meaning--anything from a house key to grandmother's earrings or brooches, chains, random purse items like coin purses, lipstick cases, tiny perfume vials, grandfather's tie pin or medal, his key fob, a special fishing lure, a daughter’s baby ring. Be creative- Think: not too heavy, no precious metals or stones. Imagine what you enjoy wearing. minimal or maximal.

Drawing on Kerry’s experience working with found objects and engineering them into jewelry, participants will turn these items into a cohesive pieces of wearable art that reflect you and your family’s story. Instructed by Kerry Leasure, this workshop will be a 1 hour session where participants will create 1 unique piece of jewelry. Base materials are supplied by the instructor, and additional pieces will be available to purchase on a piece by piece basis. If you would like to make 2 pieces of jewelry, you must register for an additional session. Each session is limited to 1 item per participant.

Classes are for participants 16+; All students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or a guardian will need to sign a release form.

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 4 students per session, and all appropriate COVID protocols will be followed. 

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, with additional programming support from the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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Meet the Instructor

Kerry Leasure

Kerry Leasure is a former antiques dealer who found herself playing with the broken and discarded flotsam and jetsam she would find in her searches, and she eventually began transforming them into necklaces and other jewelry. Building on the history and meaning of the objects, she weaves and layers the items together and gives them new stories to tell. She loves the moment when women find the story they connect with online and in her booth at art fairs.

Through her workshops she enjoys utilizing her experience and engineering skills to help take women's objects with personal history and make them wearable adornments.