Recycled jewels by Kathleen Nowak Tucci, a Gulf Coast eco-designer and artist for 30 years, who has turned her creative focus to designing couture accessories constructed from recycled rubber bicycle and motorcycle inner tubes and Nespresso coffee capsules. Appearing in Fashion Market Week in NYC two times a year, Tucci’s designs have landed in some of the most exclusive boutiques and galleries across the United States and Europe.
In 2011, Tucci was juried into the Smithsonian Craft Show, as one of 120 artists the Smithsonian selected from a field of 1300. Her attendance here achieved recognition from the Smithsonian’s Women’s Society and she was subsequently invited to participate in the 2011 and 2012 Craft2Wear event. Only 40 artists, who have already shown in the Smithsonian Craft Show, were selected for the exclusive Craft2Wear show.