Meet Our Vendor: Brighton Place
Say hello to new vendor, Brighton Place. We are so excited to see this beautiful glass work in person and think you will be too.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dani Collette and I am a Portland-based glass artist. My day job is working for a Stained Glass Studio where I specialize in custom windows, repairs and restorations. I am currently trying to build my business Brighton Place up to be my dream job. In addition to making jewelry and home decor, I also teach classes in different glass techniques. I love sharing my knowledge and creating new work to put out into the world.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
My most recent efforts have been into a line of jewelry that embraces femininity and emotion. It started with some stylized lip necklaces, pins and suncatchers and has grown to include several Eye Cry pieces which feature an eye-shadowed, curly-lashed eye with a dripping tear detail or the same eye scaled up to be a mirror compact. The idea is to embrace and empower our emotional expressions and the complexity of those emotions. The designs are based on a memory from my childhood of my sister’s and my obsession going through our coloring books and coloring in all the lips, fingernails and eyeshadow of the figures on the pages. I began drawing in this style as an exercise to draw more often and couldn’t be more pleased with how it translated into glass.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
Beginning this Winter I will be able to offer private lessons in Stained Glass as well as an assortment of other glass workshops. These workshops will include instruction in copper-foiled and leaded glass, glass fusing, imagery on glass and a variety of casting techniques.
What was your first memory of making something?
In the Second Grade, my class was given an assignment where we had to create something we thought the Pilgrims would have had in their covered wagons. My Gramma helped me make a quilted pillow. She pieced the pieces we cut together on her sewing machine and taught me how to hand-quilt the layers together in a small wooden embroidery hoop. I still have the pillow and admire all the crooked stitches as a starting point in my life as a maker. I have grown and developed and learned a lot since but still draw much inspiration from this one experience.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
My customers love that they can see how carefully crafted each piece is. They have an appreciation for the quality and uniqueness of my work and the option of customizing existing designs or requesting something personal. I’ve done everything from a simple color change in an item to creating a one-of-a-kind memorial piece for the ashes of a beloved pet.
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