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DIRTY LIBRARIAN CHAINS Jewelry Making Workshop with Susan Domelsmith
Brooklyn Workshop Gallery
Brooklyn, NY
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DIRTY LIBRARIAN CHAINS Jewelry Making Workshop with Susan Domelsmith
Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery is very pleased to announce that Susan Domelsmith of DLC/Dirty Librarian Chains is teaching with us this fall! Here is a rare opportunity to learn how to repurpose and design new pieces from a master artist. Susan's designs have been featured in most major fashion magazines and are regularly featured in photo shoots. Try a google and you'll see. Or, take a look at her website to see her work and learn more about this artist at

What happens during the DLC workshops?  

Students bring in jewelry that they no longer wear or heirloom pieces that they would like to get more use from.  Susan teaches jewelry making basics, as well as the importance and environmental impact of using found materials.  From there, each student creates his or her own piece with her assistance.

Happening just before the holidays, the workshop is a great way to make gifts and use the bits and fragments of jewelry we all keep in that box in our closet. You can also re-design the jewelry you never wear!

There will be tools and materials for you to work with if you do not have your own. Do note that additional supplies will be on hand. There will be enough supplied free for you to make plenty of work and some special pieces available for re-purposing at very reasonable prices.

Coffee, tea and light snacks are served.

Children are welcome if they are participating with a parent or caregiver. (Please do call if this is a consideration to discuss details.)

Susan was a participant in HANDMADE, a artisan retail project for Holidays 2010-2011 sponsored by Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation who makes their home at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery. We are so happy to have Susan teaching with us for the first time!

Additionally, Susan's own designs will be available for purchase at the gallery that week with an open house trunk show on Sunday, November 3, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

A little bit about DLC:

What makes Dirty Librarian Chains stand out is that designer Susan Domelsmith knows avant-garde fashion can be sustainable. Her collection is founded on a zero waste design model and ensures the production of every piece utilizes USA made materials dating from the 1960's to the 1980's.  Referencing the surroundings of her NYC home base, Domelsmith incorporates bold retro-futuristic structures into her jewelry designs.  The collection is continually evolving, but throughout the years it has retained the same distinct eye-catching playfulness as when she started DLC in 2004.

Her collection has been seen many times on the runway during New York Fashion Week as well as featured in countless publications including British Vogue, Elle, NY Magazine, Huffington Post, WWD, and Teen Vogue.  Her distinct collection has gained many celebrity followers, and her pieces have been worn by Jessica Alba, Eve, Anne Hathaway, Debbie Harry, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Princess Superstar and Emily Deschanel.

For nearly a decade, her work has been at the forefront of the sustainable fashion jewelry movement and has offered alternatives to inspire others to also think about the issue of wasteful fast fashion manufacturing.  Domelsmith continues to spread her sustainable expertise by teaching zero waste designing.  She fosters creativity in other aspiring designers through teaching apprenticeships as well as offering workshops where her students learn the basics of jewelry making and create new pieces from their own meaningful treasures and heirlooms.  For the diy-phobic, Susan also works with clients to design custom jewelry using unworn pieces from their own jewelry boxes.

Dirty Librarian Chains is celebrating nine years of handmade sustainable jewelry. This is a special chance to study and learn from a master technician and artist!

A little bit about Brooklyn Workshop Gallery:

Brooklyn Workshop Gallery is a semi-collective atelier space dedicated to the celebration of cultural expressions, transparency in our processes, the sharing of our philosophies and a welcome to others with creative ideas. BWG is home to Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation, a NYS 501.c.3 non-profit foundation whose purpose is to promote and facilitate the process of keeping traditional art craft alive and vibrant in our world and to encourage the interpretation and expression of such through the individual artisan. HANDMADE, the HANDMADE PROJECT is a retail project where WGA Foundation partners with individual artists, other non-profits or other crafts organizations in order to expose beautifully made artisan objects to the public for sale.

For more information you may e-mail Susan directly at:

You may also e-mail the atelier director at or call 718.797.9427

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Brooklyn Workshop Gallery (View)
393 Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
United States

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Other > Holiday

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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