High-End Fashion Jewelry Designer Turns To Collage Project To Benefit Homeless Teens

By Theresa Walker
The Orange County Register

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Fashion jewelry designer Judith Hendler is using her artistic talents to help those in need. On Saturday, 200 collages, created under Hendler’s guidance by about 150 people with varying levels of artistic ability, from school children to senior citizens, were on display as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit “Build Futures”, an organization that serves homeless young adults.

SEAL BEACH, Calif.

Last summer, after a successful career as a fashion jewelry designer that includes a recent revival of her ’80s-era acrylic designs as retro chic accoutrement, Judith Hendler figured it was time to ease into retirement. That would mean purging some of the art materials she’d accumulated over more than three decades.

Hendler, 75, had no idea how her decision to do some letting go would morph into a charitable mission on behalf of a local nonprofit that she’s willing to replicate for others.

So much for slowing down.

On Saturday and Sunday, some 200 collages, created under Hendler’s guidance by about 150 people with varying levels of artistic ability, from school children to senior citizens, were on display as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Build Futures, an organization that serves homeless young adults.

With every room in her house painted a different color and decorated with art pieces she has made or collected, Hendler’s Orange County home reflects her artistic passions. So does all the “stuff” for future art projects socked away in the studio she converted from a garage and the packed storage unit next to it.

Given her love of the environment and the creative potential she sees even in a scrap of aluminum packaging, used postage stamps and tea bag packets, Hendler didn’t want to just start dumping items in a recycling bin. Instead, she embarked on a project to engage the people around her in creating collages using her scrap material, art that anybody can do, Hendler figured.

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