Rebel Nell was founded in Detroit and his studio remains there, in a former industrial area of the city that has since become home to several art studios and other social enterprises. Craftsmen make jewelry and small household items from graffiti that has fallen polished and shaped. Each piece comes with a map identifying the original location and signed by the creative designer.
In addition to its standard collections, and items made from graffiti found at Iconic Detroit locations, like Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, Palace of Auburn Hills, Beautiful island and Michigan Central Station, Rebel Nell has expanded nationwide with exclusive collections in Atlanta and Chicago. A new bridal line is also drawing rave reviews.
Rebel Nell works closely with several nonprofit partners including TEA.: Learn. Empower. Achieve what she helped launch in 2016. TEA, like Rebel Nell, draws inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt.
TEA offers comprehensive support including workforce development, financial training, business education, life coaching, housing resources, legal assistance and career development for employees of Rebel Nell, all women passing through homeless shelters, returning citizens, refugees or LGBTQ +. To date, Rebel Nell has hired 30 women in shelters and graduated 21 into the mainstream workforce.
“There are so many systemic issues that cause many women in our community to experience homelessness or live paycheck to paycheck without having the opportunity to break out of the cycle,” said Amy peterson, founder of Rebel Nell. “We want to make sure that we offer full services to our employees and a full set of tools that they can implement in their careers from here. When our designers and craftswomen can graduate and find their true professional passion – whether it’s promoting with us or starting a new business – we know we create more than beautiful jewelry. This is how we create real fair opportunities and lasting change. “
Azzie Caldwell, a graduate of TEA and Rebel Nell, started as a creative designer and worked her way up to the role of production manager. She has since become an author by publishing her first book, The Aliceville Chronicles. “Rebel Nell gave me the chance to catch my breath and find my way,” Caldwell said. “It’s more than a stopgap. It really gave me the chance to explore my creativity while having a strong support system.”
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About Rebelle Nell
Rebel Nell started in 2013 with a mission to provide employment, fair opportunities and comprehensive support for women facing barriers to employment. By reusing meaningful materials in wearable art, we mark life’s important moments and connect them to your personal journey. We seek to embolden women, embrace their infinite strength and define their own future. Our jewelry is a reminder that there is power in being
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