Meet Your Maker Monday: Debbie Neuman
If you've been to the art markets and pop-up shops in Houston, you have probably seen Debbie Neuman's Rust & Pearls and her one-of-a-kind jewelry. I first saw Debbie's work at one of these shows, and her style caught my eye. Spend some time with her work and collection of one-off materials in this week's Maker profile.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What do you make?
I make mostly one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. I specialize in taking old or broken pieces of jewelry and creating an entirely new adornment.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day with me starts by getting up and having coffee with my cat, Teddy. We make a to-do list together and then I usually get started on my designing for the day. I make jewelry for about 3-4 hours, then take a break and do some exercise (mostly hula hooping in my apartment). I get cleaned up, take my materials back out and get back to designing. Sometimes I work for 3-4 hours or more depending on what shows I have coming up.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I started my own business because I love making jewelry. It is a passion I found late in life thanks to my mentor and friend, Judy Masliyah. It is the one thing I just love to do all the time. I also wanted to create a way in which my income could donate a substantial amount to charities every month. I try and purchase a lot of my vintage and broken jewelry from resale shops that donate part or all of their proceeds to charity. I then make a donation of around 10-20% of my show profits every couple of months.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I am inspired by the pieces I work with. My company is named Rust & Pearls because I find just as much beauty in the rough and dirty as I do in the clean and glamorous. I think all women have both of these sides to them. My jewelry pays respect to the duality in all of us.
What's next for Rust & Pearls?
In 2014 I am hoping to expand my inventory into shops outside the Houston area and travel to more shows.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I want people to know that I am thankful for every piece purchased. I love what I do. I greatly appreciate every person that supports Rust & Pearls and in turn that allows me to do what I enjoy most and give back to the community at the same.