The oldest example of jewelry are shells thought to be strung together dating between 90,000 and 100,000 years old. Since then jewelry has become an integrated part of our society. Jewelry is generally made of precious metals, gemstones, shells and glass. From religious significance to simple gestures of love jewelry can have a variety of meaning but differs from other adornments in that its function is purely aesthetic. Jewelry craftsmen today mix materials and traditions to create unique pieces that symbolize the artist vision and the wearer’s personality.
I've always been fascinated by the fashions and textiles of past eras. Applying lacemaking and embroidery techniques to jewelry design allows me to create a modern, wearable version of the rich traditions of needle arts from the Renaissance to the Victorian eras. I find endless inspiration in the intricacy of the lace patterns, the colors of silks and semi-precious stones, and the meditative movement of the thread, the needle, and the hook.
I love working with precious metals and stones, and incorporating elegant and natural forms into functional, very wearable, and very feminine jewelry. All of the jewelry is handmade in my studio using the finest workmanship, the highest quality materials and signed by hand.
I am obsessed with the shape of the silver scraps left over. I stash these scraps with the rest, and hoard them like little jewels whose values lies in their potential to become a part of something beautiful and never seen before. I sort through and arrange different scraps together picking and choosing from my assortment carefully. What shall I design next
It has been decades since I first graduated from art school. Through all of those years, I have made art. Today I have fun making art that is just plain fun. I hope that you have as much fun seeing, owning, wearing, the things that I make as I have making them!
It is surprisingly graceful and fluid to watch - a dance of hand and eye, of spinning metal and simple, trusted tools. There is a rhythm and a mystique to it, a satisfaction in creating each new piece of pewter by hand.
In my eyes, jewelry design is the wonderful combination of creativity and craftsmanship. The creative part is the desire to design and form ideas with the outmost freedom. The craftsmanship, skills and techniques I have acquired allow me to construct my creation. I receive great joy and satisfaction from sharing both with other people as I continue to evolve, learn, and develop my skills
There has always been something magically, spiritual about making things. Something happens when I become intertwined in making and designing my jewelry. The world slips away, all the list of things to do, the work that needs to be done,all the swirling of thoughts stop. I become one with mind and body and I just be. This is why I make things, because this is when I am truly me, at peace.
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