DeeDeeDeesigns – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns



1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hello, my name is Dawn Whitehand, and my shop is DeeDeeDeesigns. I live on a ten-acre property in a semi rural town in regional Victoria, Australia. It is a beautiful spot and inspires me everyday.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I began making jewellery after an injury to my hand in 2011. The injury meant I couldn’t make larger sculptural works or go on the potter’s wheel for quite some time. So I began making pendants and beads from clay, mostly inspired by the textures and organic colours within my environment..
Since then my jewellery design has expanded to include recycled materials, such as buttons, paper and discontinued beads.

I like the idea of repurposing as it fits within my overall ethical principles – recycling is something I do in every aspect of my life, from gardening to art!

3. What is your creative process?

My creative process varies. Sometimes I have a specific idea in mind an other times I sit down as my jewellery bench and just let the design flow freely – this can sometimes result in some beautiful designs, or at the least can inform future design ideas.



4. Where do your materials come from?

My ceramic pendants and beads come from the Earth – this is one of the aspects I love about clay! My recycled components come from anywhere I come across something I think would make a jewellery contribution.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes, I enjoy custom orders, although sometimes they can be scary … there is always that nagging “what if” feeling, but so far my custom orders have all worked out in happy customers.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I have never taken any formal training in jewellery making…. While I have a strong formal design background I have learnt the ‘technicalities’ of jewellery making from tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and various other channels.

7. What are your social media sites?

You can follow me at:


Etsy Christmas In July Leader – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July Leader – Dawn from DeeDeeDesigns



1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is DeeDeeDeesigns, and everything I make and sell in my shop is individually designed and handmade, therefore no pieces are the same – everything is unique!

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

Here in Australia – well where I live anyway, which is the southern part of the continent – July is the middle of Winter, so it is cold and rainy. So alot of people hunker down in their warm homes. I love to go out to cozy bars and restaurants during this time too, and taste yummy Winter fare.

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I have travelled through Asia and Europe, but have never been to England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, so I would love to travel in this part of the world.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

Well this was tricky…. I googled ‘famous women’ to try to inspire me and they were all celebrities!! So I am going to go for Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797), an English author who wrote the most significant book of the early feminist movement : “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” laid down a clear moral and practical basis for extending human and political rights to women. – Mary Shelley was her daughter, who wrote Frankenstein, amongst other things.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

There are two skills I would like to develop – welding for its large scale sculptural applications, and weaving as I think it would be very therapeutic!

6. What are your social media sites?