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Di Teresa, Jane — Only Art 2

Berea, KY


recycled innertube jewelry

Jane DiTeresa graduated with degrees in theater arts and English from the University of New Mexico. She came to sewing by way of costume design and worked from 1982-1989 as a consulting project designer for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

 After a trip to England, Jane became enamored by the colors and look of English cottages and gardens. She has always loved animals, which is reflected in the one-of-a kind inner tube jewelry that she creates.

 This line of jewelry came about after seeing a children’s swing made from inner tubes. Jane finds the inner tubes, cleans them thoroughly to restore their black surface, and then cuts them into animal shapes for jewelry. The silhouettes she creates in her jewelry capture the character of cows, crows, chickens, moose, pigs, dogs, and cats.


Jane sometimes works in pastels and acrylics in her studio located in the Upstairs Gallery on the College Square in Berea, KY. There you can watch her work several days a week and hear her talk about her ideas and techniques.


Jane’s work can also be found at the Upstairs Gallery, Berea, KY; at the Kentucky Museum of Arts + Craft, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.