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Artistic Concept


Alder Grand Park is a visionary small artist business, established in 2023 in the charming town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Our business concept is centered around the fusion of art and daily life, weaving together tradition and innovation, and fostering a vibrant artistic community. Our primary sales avenues include local vendor markets, pop-up events, and online sales driven through our website and social media accounts.


In summary, Alder Grand Park's business concept is built upon the fusion of art and daily life, engagement with the local community through vendor markets and pop-up events, and an online presence that reaches a broader audience. We are dedicated to transforming spaces and individuals through art while fostering sustainability and community spirit in everything we do.

Commitments and Values

Community-Centric Approach:

Alder Grand Park is not just a business; it's a hub for artistic expression and connection. We aim to host educational workshops, art events, and collaborations that bring our community together. These initiatives not only enrich the lives of our customers but also create a sense of belonging and shared appreciation for art.


Commitment to Sustainability:

We are committed to sustainable and ethical practices in our art production. Our use of plastic-free packaging, locally sourced materials, and support for local artisans align with our values of environmental responsibility and community support.

Artistry That Transforms Daily Life:

At Alder Grand Park, our core concept revolves around the belief that art has the power to bring joy and inspiration into everyday life. We're not just about creating art; we're about crafting unique pieces that become an integral part of our collectors’ lives. From nature-inspired jewelry to home décor, each creation is designed to enhance the beauty of living spaces and adorn individuals with wearable art.


Unique, Handcrafted Art for Modern Living:

Our art pieces are not mass-produced; they are limited editions crafted in small batches, ensuring their uniqueness and quality. Alder Grand Park aims to be the destination for those seeking art that augments modern everyday living, reflecting the beauty of nature and the richness of global artistic traditions.

Where to Buy

Local Vendor Markets and Pop-Up Events:

We take our art directly to the heart of our community by participating in local vendor markets and pop-up events throughout Carrboro and the surrounding areas. These physical spaces provide us with an opportunity to connect with our customers on a personal level, showcase our limited-edition handcrafted art, and share the stories behind each creation. It's a chance for art lovers to touch, feel, and experience our pieces firsthand.


Online Sales through Website and Social Media:

In today's digital age, we understand the importance of an online presence. Our website serves as a virtual gallery, allowing customers to explore our diverse portfolio, learn about our artistic process, and make secure online purchases. We leverage social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to engage with a wider audience, share our latest creations, and build a loyal community of art enthusiasts.

Retail Locations:

Visit Kattie Korner in Pittsboro NC for a sampling of current works and pieces.

Common Questions:

Materials and Process

What materials do you use?

Pretty found objects, paper, wood, paint, stain, fire, oil, glue, clay, wire, luminescent pigment, pearls, semiprecious stones, crystals, and polyurethane are some of my favorites. Any piece I make, regardless of final form, is likely to incorporate at least a few of these materials!

Do you make jewelry in Silver?

Generally my pieces are made with gold, but I will absolutely make custom orders in Silver. Hey, if they look better in Silver, I will also add them to the main line!

How long does it take to make your origami bonsai or mobile?

Each piece varies slightly, but all elements of the final piece are done by hand from the foraging of sticks, staining and finishing of the mount board, hand-folding the origami pieces, finishing them individually, and gluing them to the branch. Each piece can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks from start to finish. For reference, folding one flower blossom takes about 5 minutes.

Do you finish all of the papers you use in origami?

Nope - I finish many of the origami pieces with fixative, but some are not finished at all - it's all part of the study. Generally, the paper I use to make origami has been through at least one finishing process at one point or another - some of the papers are my old artwork, or upcycled magazines, or some other form of non-traditional folding paper.

Jewelry and Care

What is Permanent Jewelry?

Permanent Jewelry is jewelry that is welded shut, rather than having a clasp closure.

Does Permanent Jewelry Hurt?

Nope! It takes a quick zap-zap to weld the chain shut. You will have the option of wearing a pair of level-5 welding sunglasses, or looking away while the weld is taking place to protect your eyes, so all you'll feel is the joy of having a new, beautiful, low-maintenance piece of jewelry.

Can I make an existing piece of jewelry into permanent jewelry?

Yes! Any piece of jewelry can become permanent with a quick zap. Making pieces permanent requires a weld fee of $20.

How much does Permanent Jewelry cost?

We charge by piece, regardless of style, in gold-filled or sterling silver chain:

Bracelets: $50

Anklets: $60

Necklaces: $120

Weld fee: $20 (re-works, repairs, and making existing jewelry permanent)

Can I shower in my jewelry?

We recommend you remove jewelry with semiprecious stones and pearls when you swim and shower, but pieces made from only gold-filled metal can be worn daily and regularly, through your everyday activities like sweating, showering, and swimming.

Can I fly on an airplane with permanent jewelry?

Currently the TSA guidelines state that in general, small pieces of jewelry like rings and earrings can be worn through TSA checkpoints without issue.

Can I get an MRI with permanent jewelry?

You will need to remove all jewelry and follow hospital protocols to receive an MRI or undergo surgery. If you need to schedule a re-weld of a permanent piece for any reason, you may do so for a weld fee of $20.

What materials do you use for traditional jewelry?

Most pieces are done in gold-filled wire and chains. Gold-filled pieces are high-quality and contain about 100x more gold than gold-plated jewelry. Gold-filled jewelry is hypoallergenic and nickel-free, and designed to last a lifetime. All materials we use for jewelry are hypoallergenic and nickel-free. We also have sterling silver and silver-plated wires and chains available so if you see it in gold, we can make a rendition in silver.

Exchanges and Warrantees

Do you have a warrantee on permanent jewelry?

Yes, if your permanent jewelry needs re-welding within the first year, it's on the house. After the first year, re-welds are still possible, but cost $20 per session. Submit a service support request below to start the process.

What if I change my mind about an order?

Don't worry, sometimes feelings change - returns are accepted for store credit within 30 days of purchase.

Can I return permanent jewelry?

No, returns on permanent jewelry are not accepted. Once we size the chain to your body and put it on, we cannot process returns.

I lost my permanent jewelry, what can I do?

If you lose your jewelry within the first week of your welding appointment, we will replace your chain. After that, you'll need to repurchase your permanent jewelry.

My piece has been damaged and I need repairs, how do I start that process?

Listen, accidents happen. Submit a service support request below to begin the process of repairs. Repairs (for décor and jewelry) which require a rebuild of a piece may require additional charges, which will need approval before repair work can begin.

Service Support Request