A little bit about the Artist
Hello, I’m CJ McQuillen.
Born and raised in San Diego, I found myself moving north to Seattle in 1988 and falling into the Seattle Grunge scene, roaming the streets of a beautiful and culturally forward Northwest City in search of love, warm coffee, snow, music and the arts.
After 27 years in Washington State, finding love, marrying and raising 2 wonderful daughters, I found myself an empty nester, single and eager to change my life. So, I moved to Bend, Oregon in the spring of 2015 for a career and life change. Jump ahead to the fall of 2020 and the COVID Pandemic, I found myself unemployed after my position was eliminated by my employer. Instead of worrying, I chose instead to use this opportunity as a chance to dig into my creative juices and focus on what I love most- art & mother nature’s beauty!
I’ve dabbled in various crafts and art all my life from sewing to face painting. But this new freedom before me allowed an opportunity to finally expand my passions and provide a deeper purpose to the things I love most. Therefore, I hit the road and opened my heart and creative mind to exploring ghost towns, abandoned mines and far off places collecting discarded metals, with mother nature creating amazing patina features and BAM– an idea was born!
The goal and mission of Dug Deep Jewelry is cleaning the earth of discarded metals and creating Industrial Chic and unique pieces of jewelry from recycled metal, natural stones, feathers, leather and products only found in the USA.
My hope is that each piece of metal picked up at mines, ghost towns and waste sites does a little part to clean this earth we live and play on. Please follow me on this amazing journey and feel proud you are doing you part by buying “Earthwise products” such as this jewelry line. Thank you!