Dress up for the grown-ups: Welcome to the unbelievably unusual and stunning vintage redesigned jewelry of Velvet Otterhound.
How did you get into vintage jewelry? Who or what inspires you?
VO: I was born in SF and my grandmother had tons of fabulous jewelry and clothes from the 40s and 50s. I got used to that type of styling. After she died our attic was filled with her stuff. I used to play up there, wrapping real fox stoles around my neck and putting on her jewelry.
How did you start to get seriously into jewelry making?
VO: My family moved to Clearlake, CA., and when I got into my teen years I got more into wearing jewelry, but Clearlake doesn’t have much in the way of jewelry stores and it was before the internet. I was left to find old pieces at the church thrift stores and re-make them into something I liked.
What’s a memorable piece you have made?
VO: My wedding necklace in 2006 was made from one of my grandmother’s earrings.
How would you describe your work?
VO: I kind of get a little more fantastical with my pieces. They make me happy!