Raised in Chicago, Connie Verrusio took her childhood passion for making jewelry out of reclaimed telephone wire, feathered hats and fishing lures to New York City in 1989, after college. There, she taught herself silver smithing and discovered a love for mixing precious metal and reclaimed hardware. The enthusiastic response she received selling on the street encouraged her to keep making work focused around humor and industrial design.
Verrusio began to employ 16 mm film to create dangling earrings and pendants back in the 1990s, after a friend found an old movie in an apartment he was renovating. She put that material aside after a few years to concentrate on the hardware designs. She said she was partially inspired to resurrect the use of film in jewelry by the Art Museum’s Life Magazine and the Power of Photography exhibition. The Store offers a limited collection of Connie's one-of-kind film designs.
“I watch the world around me closely, always open to inspiration. Units of measure, time, and all things mechanical fascinate me,” Verrusio, of Platekill, New York, said. "One reason I love my materials is their obsolescence in this electronic age. Film, mechanical clocks, photographs, even locks are all going the way of the record album. Sometimes my pieces are referential; they hint at the familiar, elevating the ordinary to talisman for a modern era.”
Verrusio now lives in an old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley, where she concentrates on jewelry making and gardening.