What: Handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry such as bracelets, wrap cuffs, pendants and earrings using beads, leather, olive wood from Israel, semi-precious stones from around the world, nickel-free copper and Sari Silk tassel from India.
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Who: Lee Hill, 59, and Jessica Cannon, 39, are a mother-and-daughter team. When Hill had back problems and her daughter developed health issues, which kept them from regular jobs, they decided to make affordable jewelry with a bohemian flare. Cannon’s son Austin, 18, joined the team last April after he found a passion and talent in leather work.
On the name: “We were originally just MADD for Mother And Daughter Designs, but that already had its own brand – Mothers Against Drunk Driving, so we added Jewels to differentiate.”
Family ties: Lee, Jessica and Austin bring different skills to the collaboration, and appreciate the differences. “You would think spending so much time together would be the downfall. But the world today is crazy and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow,” Jessica said. “We treasure our time together, and my son joining us is an absolute blessing.”
Business advice: “Join in, don’t be shy. Get to know your neighbors at events and network. We share ideas and experiences. It’s what has allowed us to grow and make an amazing art family along the way.”
Find it locally: Look for MADDJewels products at Ruby’s Gifts in NoDa, Sanctuary Imports in Plaza Midwood, 47K Marketplace in Monroe, Elements 4 Life in Davidson, Viva Boutique in Concord and on Facebook and Instagram (@maddjewelsnc).
Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for that title, or on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.