What is Art Jewelry?
We enjoy bringing you something new, something out of the ordinary. That’s why we started the Grease and Grace Art Jewelry collection. The jewelry in this collection is the work of our artist Deanna. Ours is what some call “wearable art.” All jewelry, in its own right, is art. What makes this different is that the art within our jewelry could stand alone.
Hand Crafted, One of a Kind
We take pride in quality over quantity. Most of the items we make here at Grease and Grace would be very difficult for us to mass produce. Each piece is unique. Each piece is made by hand by a mother in her home studio. Her jewelry is carefully designed, hand-crafted, packaged, and lovingly shipped, all by one woman!
Pinstriped Collection – Rockabilly Style Necklaces
WHAT IS ROCKABILLY? (A LONG WINDED INTRODUCTION)
First of all, what is rockabilly? Maybe you’ve landed on our page and you have never heard of rockabilly, or just don’t know what it is. In a nutshell, rockabilly is a music movement and subculture genre with roots in early rock and roll music. Rockabilly combined the country and western sounds with R&B. I stole this bit from wikipedia for you to better explain the terminology.
“The term “rockabilly” itself is a portmanteau of “rock” (from “rock ‘n’ roll”) and “hillbilly”, the latter a reference to the country music (often called “hillbilly music” in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie woogie, jump blues, and electric blues.”
Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and similar artists and bands may come to mind. Anyway, there’s a lot you can read about the greaser subculture and its origins from Mexican-Americans in the early twentieth century, up to the modern psychobilly and neo-rockabilly movements. Clothing styles unique to rockabilly can be pretty much summed up by watching Crybaby, The Outsiders, and Rebel Without a Cause.
You have greasers, hot rodders, pinup girls, and so on. The custom car guys who hot rodded out their jalopies back in the ’40s and ’50s pretty much started a scene which still remains widely popular today in certain parts of the world.
From the hot rod scene came a man named Von Dutch. If you aren’t familiar with Dutch, we highly recommend reading some online articles or books on him. Kenneth Robert Howard, aka, Von Dutch pretty much popularized the art of using thin stripes of paint to make symmetrical designs: Pinstriping. He’s the Godfather of it. The King daddy. Whatever you wanna call it. He’s the man.
So this all comes back ’round to our Pinstriped Collection of necklaces. Our artist Dean is a veteran pinstriper of over four decades. Dutch served as inspiration for Dean and his style of pinstriping is reminiscent of the classic, clean lines Dutch popularized in the 1950s.
Deanna is Dean’s daughter and she began digitizing his pinstriping designs to make jewelry with them after a desire to have one for herself. She liked the look of it, and so did others. So a new product was born!
Featuring: Pin-striped designs, all original art. A father-daughter artist combination.
Nature Themed Art Jewelry
Polymer Clay Art Jewelry
New to our collection is polymer clay art jewelry designs. These are bespoke, custom orders at the moment, but they will be available as pre-made items in our shop soon!
Designed and sculpted by hand, extraordinarily detailed, and painted. Read more about the process here.
Mermaid Art Jewelry
Jewelry and Custom Memory Boxes: (Complete gallery here)