Marek Dlouhy, 33, is originally from the Czech Republic. His wife Shelagh, is from Texas. They met thirteen years ago after their respective careers led them to settle in Jackson, Mississippi. Three years later, they started DCZ Designs with a focus on designing original, artisan jewelry.
Both discovered their creative talents in early childhood. Shelagh paints, sculpts, and designs interiors. Marek wood-carves. They personally hand-sculpt each piece of their remarkable jewelry using chisels, hammers, pliers, and soldering techniques, combining classical and contemporary styles.
“Nature is our theme”, they tell us. “People motivate us when they love our work, wear it with pride, or critique it. We make it a habit to observe the world around us, God’s beautiful creations and our interpretations of those observations go into every piece we create. There is so much beauty to seen around us, and we must choose to see the good in this world.”
Their signature piece is the Natchez Trace-inspired tree necklace, which can be customized with different birth stones and various metals. They also create unique, one of a kind designs (including wedding pieces) that reflect people’s personalities and suit their lifestyles.
“Creativity is very personal. It is an individual interpretation and expression of who you are and how you see the world around you. If our work sparks creativity in others, then we have certainly created something special.”
By Moni Troth
Taken from Magnolia State of Mind 2013 edition. The official magazine of the Mississippi Craft Show. www.magnoliastateofmind.com
About the Mississippi Craft Show
Mississippi Craft Show – August. The state’s only 100% Mississippi Handmade art and craft show. Featuring handworks from Mississippi craftsmen. www.mscraftshow.com
Handmade USA Show – March. The same quality handworks you expect at the August show from Mississippi craftsmen and also from across the region. All 100% handmade in the USA. www.handmadeusashow.com