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DJP Handmade is a beautiful symphany of talent between the husband and wife duo Dave and Jackie Pressley. They combine their shared talent for design and craftsmanship to create unique hand made items mixing all mediums of design. They both are active in the fashion industry and are now based in Jersey City, NJ. 

Dave began working with metal in Junior high school and made it a career by going through an apprenticeship as a machinist. Tired of the high tolerances, he wanted to focus more on the shape and form of the metal. His first job in the industry was at a design house in SOHO, NYC where he studied and learned the techniques of jewelry making from some of the best Jewelers in the world. Working from drawings provided, or designs done for clients, he made the very first proto-type piece for production. At the same time, Dave was trying to find his style of design. Inspired by all the creative people he worked with daily, he finally designed and made his own lines of Mens and Womens high end jewelry. More recently, he has moved on to leatherworking. Finding leatherwork just as challenging. 

Jackie loved to draw and create from an early age. She excelled in all facets of art. She attended the Savannah College of Art & design, majoring in Fashion. After college, she moved to NYC  and began working with Betsey Johnson and freelanced with many other top fashion designers. specializing in accessories, belts, handbags, and small leather goods.

Jackie and Dave met at a design meeting and got married 6 years later. Now teamed together, they are working on many different styles of art from woodworking, photography, illustration, and of course jewelry and accessory design, and fine leather goods. Their hope is to bring design and hands on craftsmanship back to America!!

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