I’m a creative goof who loves to play and geek out over anything artsy. I’ve worn many hats: executive director, waste reduction coordinator, stay-at-home mom, zinester, activist, radio oddball, and currently a full time artist and graphic designer. I’m the happiest being curious and creating.  I work hard to find the balance of creating and consumption and enjoying creating art from things that others would consider trash. I hope to inspire others to find creative solutions to mass-produced, needless stuff, while encouraging others to embrace their creativity. Some projects I work on include: Radioactive Report, Free Art Friday , Salem Puppet Parade, and Salem Sketchers.

Background: My passion for art drew me to the University of Oregon where I graduated with a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Visual Design. After that, I worked as a graphic designer at the University of Oregon. I’ve been a freelance designer since 2003. In 2009 I started teaching free community craft nights and in 2010 I opened DIY Studio from my home studio. In 2012 DIY Studio morphed into a non-profit creative reuse center in Salem, Oregon. In April of 2014 DIY Studio closed its doors and I moved on to work full-time to promote waste reduction. In July of 2017, I decided to leave my job a the county and work on more personal and community projects. My passion of art and sustainability continues, and hope to someday be a part of another creative reuse organization committed to opening a creative reuse center in Salem.

Jessica Ramey
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  1. Darshiniy
    June 24, 2011

    Hello Jessica!

    Just wanted to say how much I love your work. It’s so inspiring. I especially am
    Intrigued by the jewelry. What was your inspiration while making the pieces?
    I am taking a soldered pendant class this weekend and am
    Looking forward to it! I love your pendants. Do you make them movable or do you purchase the glass pendant/box like that? Was just a little confused. Would love to try and do something like that if I ever get that far!

    Thanks and great job again!


    • charmedb
      July 1, 2011

      Thanks for the kind words D! I start off by making the box adding all the artwork and elements and then solder around it. I make them movable by adding hand constructed elements and then making little knobs so each mechanism can be easily manipulated. I’m sure you’ll love learning to solder. I’ll let you know if I ever get a tutorial up on how to make items movable. It’s such a fun process to think outside of the box!

      Also feel free to join me on my other website: http://www.diystudio.net/blog to find other tutorials and project ideas.