CHIC • CLEVER • CONSCIOUS
Naomi Celestin, artist and New Orleans native, aka "Guitar String Queen" founded ReStrung in 2011 as a fusion of her biggest passions - art, music and giving back to the community, and 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..
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, ReStrung donates a portion of their profits to The New Orleans Musicians Clinic.