Rework Creative: The Raw Artistry of Toni Johnson

Rework Creative: The Raw Artistry of Toni Johnson


Singer, Designer, Artist, Toni Johnson of Rework Creative


Toni Johnson is the creative force behind Rework Creative. We became acquainted during her recent visit to Detroit, and I found her to be nothing short of magnetic. Being told by Tulani Rose owner Sharon Dell Pryor that Toni was someone special and someone I needed to meet. (If you haven’t had the chance to visit this amazing mecca of creativity you are missing out on a truly “Spiritual Collective” as the marque states over the door at Cass & Willis Avenues). Walking through the door of the beautifully eclectic Tulani Rose Gift Gallery. I was instantly overcome with a sense of spiritual wellness and healing. I felt her cool and artistic presence even before we officially met as she sat with a small crowd of well-wishers and friends. Her relaxed and easy demeanor took over as she complimented me on my choice of eyewear and I her on the many fabulous treasures she was presenting.


Toni  hard at work inside the Tulani Rose Gift Gallery.

Toni, a Texas native comes by her talents. Naturally, her skill set honed in the entertainment industry as a soul singer who has worked with many A-listers such as Maxwell and Sade, but during the late 90’s the touring slowed down, and she began segueing from one creative avenue to others. It was a natural migration for Toni. “I have been a hairstylist, wardrobe stylist and self-taught jewelry designer, along with being an entertainer” Always with a yearning to do something creative. Toni spends time traveling to foreign lands absorbing the cultures and rich heritages along the way, from Nepal to Africa each place a spiritual journey. Those lessons are the philosophy behind Rework Creative. Like the name implies Rework Creative is all about re-purposing and thrifting of resources. Every creation is one of a kind, “I may revisit a look be I never recreate it” she says.


Copper and Crystal rings and pendants.


Leather, suede and brass necklaces.



Statement necklaces with crystal, beads and vibrant colored leathers.


African beads, copper, wood and crystal bracelets, rings and pendants.


Multi medium cuff.


Copper and gemstone rings.


Hammered Copper earrings.


Copper, crystal and fur necklace.


Multi colored African beaded earrings.

Fabricating in nature’s finest resources; wood, leather, crystals, copper and metals, beads from Brazil, Alaska, Arkansas, India and Africa.  Re-purposing scrap materials are essential.  My designs are made for healing and have restorative properties. Copper conducts heat which is great for joint pain, and many other inflammatory illnesses, crystals come alive with the sound it awakens their healing properties. I consider myself the un-jeweler as my designs are raw and earthy with soul and depth. I believe in the “Inspiration in the thought” as my way of creating beautiful fashion friendly art. Prices range from $25.00 to $350.00.  You can find Toni’s designs at Tulani Rose or online at  And be sure to tell her that Haute is sent you!

Tulani Rose

4201 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Midtown, Cass Corridor
Phone number (313) 832-2477

Photos: Robere Lett


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