Local company to make graffiti-themed jewelry from pieces of Michigan Central Station

Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 18:27:31-04

It’s a combination that art, history and jewelry lovers will all want to get their hands on.

We first told you about Rebel Nell in 2017. It’s a local jewelry company that created pieces out of fallen graffiti.

Now they’ve teamed up with Ford to preserve the street art inside a Michigan train depot and it’s for a good cause.

“There is beauty in all of that,” said Shawn Wilson of Ford Motor Company Fund. “It goes for days. There’s definitely not a shortage of graffiti at the train station.”

When Ford bought the train depot, Wilson saw art and potential throughout the building. He knew Rebel Nell would want in on this.

The jewelry company hires women transitioning out of homelessness to create jewelry from fallen graffiti.

“Immediately I thought about Rebel Nell and the opportunity to do something special,” Wilson said.

Amy Peterson is the CEO and co-founder of Rebel Nell. Since 2017, Rebel Nell has hired their 20th worker. 

Now they’re offering a limited edition of jewelry made from the art work at the train station.

They only use fallen graffiti, but in this case, they’re chipping away at some that’s ready to flake off. Rebel Nell will sell 300 pieces of jewelry on their website. Nearly 100 items have already been purchased.

“You get to take home your very own piece of Michigan Central Station history,” Peterson said.

The proceeds will not only support Rebel Nell, but the sales from this collection will support four organizations including:
Covenant House 
Vista Maria 
Love Runs

“Knowing that all of your proceeds go to wonderful causes here, it’s a win-win for everybody,” Peterson said.

View the complete Michigan Central Station collection here