Re-using, Re-creating, Revitalizing

26 Apr

Donna Brown, wife to Rick Brown, mother of two and creative jewelry designer from “Silver Lake” in Providence, Rhode Island, has been creative since she can remember. Donna is a self-taught artist who prides herself on her ability to re-use materials and objects in ways other than they were intended in order to make beautiful, unique artwork

About 8 years ago, Donna Brown began selling her work through local art festivals and retail shops. At that time she was using recycled furniture, found curbside, and painting them into funky, beautiful, usable NEW pieces for her company called “Charmed”.

Four years ago, Donna decided to take her art in a different direction and re-invented herself as “Donna Brown Designs”, handmade paper jewelry. Similar to “Charmed”, “Donna Brown Designs” uses recycled materials such as magazines, newspapers, etc. to create different shaped beads that she then strings with other elements such as glass, wood and metal beads

Aside from her love for jewelry, Donna absolutely loves gardening and getting her hands deep down in the earth. She and her husband are big on Fish-N-Chips and their favorite place is Horton’s in East Providence. When Donna in is the mood to sit and talk in a dark lit romantic room, you will find her at L’Elizabeth Cafe on South Main Street in Providence.  She was engaged on the beach, and then married on the same beach in Narragansett, RI, making her love of the ocean that much stronger.

Donna attributes much of the success of her business to her supportive husband who pushed her to trust in herself to create and to sell. She has been fortunate enough to stay home and raise her two daughters, while maintaining her home business and earning an income on the way.

For all of you aspiring artists out there, Donna encourages you to never stop using your gift. By taking her own advice, Donna has awakened her own mind and talents in order to create “Donna Brown Designs”.

“You’d be surprised where your creativity can take you someday!”-Donna Brown

Check out “Donna Brown Designs” online at

And don’t miss out on the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 11 ,2011 in Cranston, Rhode Island!

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy Photography , Cat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.


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