I've traveled all my life, observing character, style & culture. As a kid, the theater and it's costume closets, were my second home. As a teenager living in Italy, I traveled extensively throughout Europe absorbing "the Old World" Elegance & Fineries of Classic & Avant Garde Fashion, Venetian Street Theatre's & Verona's Operas.

I returned to the United States and studied Costume Design at the University of Utah, where I designed and constructed costumes for theaters throughout Utah.

Living in New York City for 13 years, I was intimately exposed to the creative world of fashion, by prepping clothing for many of the world's top designers' runway shows. I opened Jennifer Dehner Millinery, a hat shop located in an old janitor's closet, (for $150 rent a month!). I designed and constructed one of a kind hats for trendy, chic & funky New Yorkers. I also subcontracted for Izquierdo Studios, making both hats and costumes for Broadway and off Broadway shows. And I designed costumes for films.  

Moving to Vieques, Puerto Rico, on Halloween 2000, life slowed down. While in a hammock on my favorite beach, my hands began to express nature's inspirations through jewelry. That was 20 years ago and I continue to create beaded, macrame, crochet and wire wrapped, unusual jewelry with beads, trinkets & nature's offerings.

I have sold my work to locals and tourists from the now defunct, Jungle Boutique at Chez Shack, and from the back of my Blue Dolphin Jeep Boutique, in front of Bananas, Duffy's Esperanza and  El Quenepo restaurants. 6 years ago I opened Beading Bikini Jewelry, another jungle boutique  nestled between the Jungle Room (formerly Noche) & Tin Box Restaurants on island.  

Hurricanes Irma & Maria devastated Vieques island in September of 2017. North American friends took me in and I have relocated to Asheville, North Carolina where I am selling not only my handmade jewelry, but also my upcycled hats and costume bits, like epaulets and gloves, at Sugar Britches, a newly opened artist collective full of sparkle, humor and fun fun fun...

Life comes full circle.

Blessings,
Jen

Shopping Vieques Island, Puerto Rito
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