A PASSION FOR DESIGN....
ReStrung™ was founded in 2011 by artist and New Orleans native Naomi Celestin. It's a fusion of her biggest passions - art, music and giving back to the community. Celestin got the idea to make jewelry with guitar strings after looking at some old strings at a friend's house. She thought it might be interesting wire to work with, so she began experimenting until she came up with a technique to make forms with the strings, and then she created a few designs that incorporated her signature wire-work, used guitar strings and semi-precious gemstones.
Celestin realized that musicians break strings often and change out their strings regularly, so she began to call on all the musicians she knew and asked them to save their strings for her. With a background in the music and art scene in Louisiana, she had a never-ending supply of material to work with! Once the idea got started, she began to get interest from musicians and jewelry lovers far and wide - and ReStrung Jewelry was born. Since its inception, Celestin wanted ReStrung to be a vehicle for keeping the cultural community of NOLA vibrant and unique. To that end, we donate a portion of our profits to The New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
ReStrung is now available on our ONLINE STORE, and numerous retailers throughout the United States.
Naomi Celestin - Guitar String Queen
Celestin has spent most of her life working in the arts. After graduating from The University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in Archaeology and a minor in Visual Art, she went on to work in non-profit arts administration/fund-raising. After nearly a decade with the Acadiana Arts Council, Celestin shifted gears and opened NOLA Design Studio, a boutique web, graphics and social media firm in 2005. A maker at heart, she dabbled in metalsmithing, costume design and jewelry making as a hobby until she started ReStrung Jewelry in December 2011. By April of 2012, she decided to focus all of her energy on building ReStrung Jewelry as a business, and it has grown steadily since its inception. Her vision is to spread the word about ReStrung™ and give back to our cultural economy by supporting Louisiana's treasures - our artists and musicians. While not busy with ReStrung, Celestin spends her time traveling and visiting with family and friends. Additionally, she is an avid costume enthusiast, crafter, party starter and idea generator.
Eban Broussard - Chief Financial Officer & Market Manager
Eban heads up our sales team and keeps all our financials in order. Even though he has a head for numbers and line items, he's also got a flair for fashion, so he can also help you find the perfect gift or get you styled up in Restrung while he's working at our market venues and festivals. And would you believe this guy can play the guitar and piano too? We have some serious talent on this team!
Kerry Lynn- Production Manager
Kerry brings a diverse skill set to our team, being both a musician and former owner of a gem and jewelry store. An organizational machine, she keeps our production team on task and handles sourcing. In addition to keeping our studio running like a well-oiled machine, Kerry is a professional musician and belly dancer, having shared the stage with nationally and internationally-acclaimed performance groups. She can most often be seen with Debauche “Russian Mafia Band” dancing in and out of New Orleans, playing bass drum, spoons and balancing vodka.
Tara Rodgers - Production Assistant
Rodgers was the first addition to the ReStrung team. She does production and occasionally moonlights in sales at our market stalls. Having formerly worked with Maximal Art and Kerissa Creations, she is well versed in jewelry production. Rodgers studied Textile Design at Savannah College of Art and Design, and after living in the NorthEast, moved to NOLA with her husband Andrew, Dean of the Arts Department at Isidore Newman School. Rodgers loves exploring the city, hunting for bargains at vintage and resale shops, knitting, crafting and currently, raising her first baby girl!
Beth Walker - Sales Representative, Texas
Hailing from Nashville, with parents in the industry, Walker has been immersed in music throughout her life. Restrung's concept and mission were a natural fit for the singer/pianist. Educated at both UNO and Belmont University and earning a degree in Music, she felt the pull of the Crescent City and made her way back to NOLA in 2013. After working in both production and market sales departments for over two years, Walker made a move to Texas. She now heads up our market sales division in Austin. Yeehaw!
Cate Swan - Model and Muse
Swan is the latest addition to our Restrung Royal Bunch! A transplant from way up North (Montana to be exact), she recently moved to NOLA and settled in to the arts and cultural scene in the blink of an eye! Cate is our official ReStrung model, and she occasionally assists at our markets, events and trunk shows. Swan is a licensed massage therapist (a blessing for the rest of us), and she is an incredibly talented crooner, having toured and with and done on-stage duets with the likes of Willie Nelson (!). She moonlights as a DJ in the Bywater and is currently in an outstanding band called The Wanting - and they are way COOL!
Amiel Celestin Robinson - Social Media Manager
Yes, this is Naomi's daughter. She's fresh out of high school, and just starting her next adventure into college life. She's been a part of ReStrung since the idea got started, so she can make an eternity bracelet or bangle like nobody's business. Starting out as a production assistant, Amiel eventually found her niche in promoting ReStrung through Social Media. She coordinates photo shoots, posts on all of our social media and organizes giveaways and promotions with fashion blogger affiliates. In addition to her interests in the fashion industry, she's also an avid photographer and collector of vintage clothing and accessories.