a girl and her jewelry
Thanks to the unlikely love connection between a brainy engineer and a fashionable interior designer, I came to be. From mom and dad, I inherited an eye for aesthetics and the curiosity to know how things work. My family nurtured my creative qualities, enabling artistic development and my desire to design, build, and problem solve. Today my medium is jewelry.
I assume my childhood fascination with shiny objects and my mineral exhibit's success in the Kindergarten science fair were, perhaps, early indicators of my future in jewelry. It wasn't until my extended college tenure in the Advertising field that I managed to completely switch gears and become immersed in jewelry design. Ten years later, I am completely hooked. Fine, fashion, vintage, antique, contemporary, the Avant-Garde; I love it all. I dream in jewelry.
Design and fabrication occur simultaneously for me. It’s generally the very nature of the materials that dictate the final design. I fabricate each piece of jewelry by hand in my home studio and do all my own metalsmithing and gem setting. I specialize in the creative cold connection of chain, gemstones, pearls, leather, metal beads and vintage castaways. The use of non-jewelry items is also a distinctive characteristic of my designs. It's the immeasurable lineage of the vintage components I choose that make my jewelry so special, and many one-of-kind. I guess I'm a sucker for nostalgia and a good treasure hunt.
Self-taught, (with the exception of one torchwork course to avoid burning down the house) I have become an expert in trial and error. For every successful design, there are multiple prototypes that don't make the cut. As an artist, I believe that growth plays the biggest role in keeping our minds well oiled with ideas so I am always experimenting with new techniques and materials.
Overcoming the fear of rejection to reach a larger audience has been my most crippling challenge. Not everyone will like my work, but it's a numbers game and I have to play.