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The Wearable Work of Renee Boyett


Renee Boyett


Central Oregon

Where can people see and order your work online?:

There are several places but the profile at Deviant Art ChaosFay has the most extensive content. You can also visit under my name or Esty at Nay-Nay Macrame.

Tell me about your work:

I’ve been creating macrame jewelry for 25 years now, starting when I was nine years old. I saw a girl in my class making a really neat bracelet and asked her to show me how she made it. I then started making friendship bracelets, but when I was around 13 or 14 my grandmother gave me a macrame book. In college, I expanded I started changing things from what I found in books and learned to create my own patterns and designs. It’s been a great way to relieve stress while creating something beautiful. For the past ten years, I’ve been participating in craft and art shows as well as conventions, selling my work and accepting commissions for custom-made pieces.

Piece titled: Wild Jade Growth

While I was in college I was able to refine my painting skills. I now create watercolor paintings, and my goal with those is to create something you could imagine in a dream or nightmare. Not realistic but at the same time recognizable. These I create on a whim, often taking up to a week from start to finish. My favorite things to paint are outer space and flowers. At some point, I’d love to have my paintings printed on quilt fabric I can use to create quilts featuring my own work.

Last, but not least, I’m a fourth generation quilter. I grew up around fabric, prints, colors, sewing, and quilting, and applied a lot of what learned growing up to my jewelry and paintings. In 2014 I had to take a three-year hiatus from jewelry making due to a ligament tear in my right wrist. I was able to make quilts and, with some lessons from my mother, I learned how to sew and quilt. In less than a year I went from making hot pads and table runners to a full-size quilt and several lap quilts.

In 2016 I had surgery on my wrist to repair the ligament tear that had been causing me so much pain. After many months of physical therapy, I was able to make jewelry again. I now have several jewelry commissions to work on and am accepting more. When not working on commissions I make things for myself or create quilted works.

Piece titled: Daning in the Moonlight

What does art mean to you?:

I rotate between all three of these to prevent burn-out and work through artist’s block. Creating and crafting is something I value more than nearly anything else. I can share a part of who I am and show people a piece of myself. It’s also been excellent therapy for me, both physically and mentally. I’m disabled due to physical and mental illnesses, and for the most part, have nothing but time on my hands. I’m up early in the morning, finish all the housework by 8am, and then have the entire day to find something to occupy myself. Boredom nearly ate me up during recovery from my surgery and for a couple months thereafter. It wasn’t until just a couple months ago that I could finally create macrame jewelry again without requiring an ice pack immediately thereafter. Now I’m rarely bored, and the rotation between all three of these – jewelry, quilting, and painting – has prevented me from injuring or irritating my wrist.
Piece titled: Autumn Bonfire
For me, this is a lifesaver. It’s helped me physically work through many of the things that have ailed me over the course of my life. If I’m feeling angry or frustrated I paint, when I need peace I quilt, when I’m joyful I make jewelry. It’s a good balance between mind, body, and spirit. Painting is my body, quilting is my mind, and jewelry is my spirit.

Age Old Creative Debate – Is Jewelry An Art?

There is little doubt that jewelry is often quite artistic. The colors, the shapes and just the thought that goes into design is often intense and creative. However, just because something is artistic in nature ma not mean that it is or should be classified as an art. Perhaps it should be viewed as a craft? Or maybe it should even be in it’s own unique class.

What are your thoughts?


My Published Magazine Photos

Over the last few decades, I have been published in a few literary magazines and in newspapers and for my writing. However, it wasn’t until recently (November 2015) that I had the chance to be published in a magazine for my photography efforts.

Since then, I’ve added two more publications to my resume of model work and I would like to share them.

Thanks to Juliann C, the model I have shot with for each of these three fantastic magazines. You can check out her official website at

Fahrenheit USA – Nov. 2015




My Belleza Inc. – April 2016


Tres Jolie – May 2016



The artistic tool that is duct tape

It’s a pretty simple fact that duct tape is possibly one of the greatest inventions every created. You can use it for just about anything from covering sharp edges or a damaged file cabinet to keeping water out of the bottom of a boat (Check out the episode of the show Myth Busters) and of course, taping ducts.

But in recent years, it has become a frequent tool of creative minded people. Some have even made entire wardrobes out of it.

Check out some of the cool things people have done with duct tape. Enjoy!

By the way, each image is linked to the source for more info.




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