Dirty Librarian Chains

Interview with Susan at Hatch Jewelry

Check out a DLC studio tour and interview with DLC designer, Susan Domelsmith at Hatch Hub Jewelry.  



Susan's exclusive collection for Hatch is now available!  


All images by Allyson Bainbridge Riccardi


Written by Susan Domelsmith — December 13, 2013

DLC Pop Up at Grand Central

Come visit us at Grand Central Station this holiday season! 

We packed the Design Society NY pop up to the brim this year with fun gifts like Initial Necklaces and Bracelets, one-of-a-kind Locket and Tassel Necklaces, Zodiac Keychains, and drop earrings made with 14K gold and rare components.  The full DLC collection is also available, including some styles that are back by popular demand. To set up an appointment to meet and greet with Dirty Librarian Chains jewelry designer Susan Domelsmith, send us an email or drop by to shop the collection any time between 10am to 8pm (11-7 on Sundays) while the market is open. 


Whew, building these shelves was a lot of work!


Card Catalog Necklace back in effect!


Earrings!  Waterfall Crystal Earrings are back too!


Lockets and Tassels


Best Seller family portrait




Written by Susan Domelsmith — November 29, 2013

Jewelry Making Workshop November 6th and 7th at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery

Get your tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/495297


DIRTY LIBRARIAN CHAINS Jewelry Making Workshop with Susan Domelsmith

Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery is very pleased to announce that Susan Domelsmith of DLC/Dirty Librarian Chains is teaching with us this fall! Here is a rare opportunity to learn how to repurpose and design new pieces from a master artist. Susan's designs have been featured in most major fashion magazines and are regularly featured in photo shoots. Try a google and you'll see. Or, take a look at her website to see her work and learn more about this artist at www.dirtylibrarianchains.com

What happens during the DLC workshops?  

Students bring in jewelry that they no longer wear or heirloom pieces that they would like to get more use from.  Susan teaches jewelry making basics, as well as the importance and environmental impact of using found materials.  From there, each student creates his or her own piece with her assistance.

Happening just before the holidays, the workshop is a great way to make gifts and use the bits and fragments of jewelry we all keep in that box in our closet. You can also re-design the jewelry you never wear!
There will be tools and materials for you to work with if you do not have your own. Do note that additional supplies will be on hand. There will be enough supplied free for you to make plenty of work and some special pieces available for re-purposing at very reasonable prices.

Coffee, tea and light snacks are served.

Children are welcome if they are participating with a parent or caregiver. (Please do call if this is a consideration to discuss details.)

Susan was a participant in HANDMADE, a artisan retail project for Holidays 2010-2011 sponsored by Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation who makes their home at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery. We are so happy to have Susan teaching with us for the first time!

Additionally, Susan's own designs will be available for purchase at the gallery that week with an open house trunk show on Sunday, November 3, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

A little bit about Brooklyn Workshop Gallery:
Brooklyn Workshop Gallery is a semi-collective atelier space dedicated to the celebration of cultural expressions, transparency in our processes, the sharing of our philosophies and a welcome to others with creative ideas. BWG is home to Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation, a NYS 501.c.3 non-profit foundation whose purpose is to promote and facilitate the process of keeping traditional art craft alive and vibrant in our world and to encourage the interpretation and expression of such through the individual artisan. HANDMADE, the HANDMADE PROJECT is a retail project where WGA Foundation partners with individual artists, other non-profits or other crafts organizations in order to expose beautifully made artisan objects to the public for sale.

For more information you may e-mail Susan directly at: info@dirtylibrarianchains.com
You may also e-mail the atelier director at martine.bisagni@gmail.com or call 718.797.9427

Brooklyn Workshop Gallery Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation


Brooklyn Workshop Gallery 

393 Hoyt Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

NY Fashion Week Wrap Up

Now we can check this off our to do list!   We are celebrating our first showing on the runway at Lincoln Center during NY Fashion Week.  And it was to raise money for charity!  DLC has also been previously featured on the runway at the Tents in Bryant Park, as well as countless other shows around town over the years.  More photos to come, but here is a quick look at Susan before and after the show.  

Written by Susan Domelsmith — September 23, 2013

Custom Necklaces With Heirloom Jewelry

This is one example of a custom piece Susan made for a client.  Every component is sentimental jewelry that she was wasn't able to wear as often as she liked.  All artfully combined, they create one stunning piece that she has worn like crazy. Collect your own pieces and bring them to the September REissue event, or get in touch with us about making a custom piece especially for you!

Written by Susan Domelsmith — September 22, 2013

Yay! Fun Event Sept 26th-29th

Come join us!  Susan of DLC will be available to work with you on a custom necklace using your own personal and heirloom jewelry.  Bring in your pieces on Thursday evening for the party or on Sunday from 3-6 to meet with her and place your custom order. 

We are really looking forward to the opening party!  Photobooth and treats! 

The September REissue

96 W Houston, NYC


Written by Susan Domelsmith — September 22, 2013

Enliven Your Home

Rainbows increase the energy in a room.  Add a sun catcher, or as I discovered early one morning, a well placed CD, to bring life to the dark corners of your living space. 

Written by Susan Domelsmith — September 19, 2013

Materials For the Arts

Please meet this wonderful NYC agency that recycles materials from corporations into art materials for students.  I have been working with MFTA this summer teaching educators new methods to use in the classroom as well as summer camp art classes using all recycled materials.  What a wonderful organization for the city!  See if you qualify to receive materials for your project at the MFTA website.


Inspiring educators to teach weaving with all recycled materials.


Innovative mosaic materials


Mask making class for middle schoolers.


Collage on recycled record covers


Handmade guitar jam session


Installation using donations from the trim room by artist in residence, Olek.



If you just want to relive your summer camp days, they are accepting vollunteer applications as well.

Latest Tweets