Jewelry from Salvaged Bark

Earrings and Necklace by Deborah Bushinski using birchbark nuggets, 23k gold leaf and ancient Roman glass.

Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a jewelry trunk show for jeweler Deborah Bushinski and her Tessoro jewelry collection, which features salvaged birch bark, reclaimed copper and semi-precious stones, from July 24 through July 26 from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Champagne punch and hors d’ oeuvres will be served throughout the weekend, and the public is welcome to attend.

“In the beginning the jewelry was an extension of the painting I was doing and my contribution to fashion, which always held my interest,” said Bushinski. “It is from these early years, spending time in the wild studying natural form, that my design sensibility was honed. It is all about texture, color and composition, as each piece is crafted with the immediacy of putting paint on canvas.”

Working with a small, family-owned wood products company in Duluth, Minnesota, Bushinski is able to access standing dead trees that are marked for cutting and harvests the bark. This bark is carefully selected for interesting surface features.

In addition to using salvaged birch bark, Bushinski also uses reclaimed copper in her designs. “Our ‘green’ practices continue by reclaiming copper from scrapped car radiators,” she explains.

A large selection of Bushinski’s pieces will be available only during this weekend trunk show. Edgewood Orchard Galleries is open daily 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 920.868.3579, email [email protected], or visit