When we are broken, we shine the brightest
Deanna Dionne launched Cleveland Street Glass in Spring 2016. She moved to Cleveland in late 2014, when her car was broken into just a week after arriving. But she moved here to focus on her art, and that event stuck in her mind as she experimented with different techniques, and jewelry made from auto glass was born. She is inspired by Cleveland's pride for not only where it's going, but where it came from. It is proud of its grit, for grit is what it's built on.
Wearing a piece of jewelry upcycled from a malicious crime truly embodies a comeback spirit. Wear it as an amulet, and as a reminder that beauty is found from the raw and broken. Hang it in your rear-view mirror as a battle trophy.
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Named Most Interesting People, 2017
After her car was broken into, the designer turned the broken glass into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Cleveland Flea Blog
Where there's a city, there's bound to be crime. Thankfully, there are usually more than a few artists, too. Deanna Dionne, the graphic designer-turned-jeweler behind Cleveland Street Glass, is one such urban maker. Read on for insight into how she is beautifying Cleveland one break-in at a time.
I was invited to speak at a student-run conference called SPARC (Science, Politics, Art, Research, Culture), which is a Ted-style format of 15-minute talks in succession at Case Western University. I spoke about the question I get all the time, “how did you think of this?”