I work with existing materials, combining textures, patterns and colors and then alter or embellish the selected items to achieve a final look. I like juxtaposing the informality of screen spline or bungee cord with Murano glass or sparkly beads. Look closely and you will see sink washers, grommets and metal washers throughout my work.
Many pieces are asymmetric, meaning that they do not have an even number of beads on both sides of the bracelet or necklace. I like things with a little surprise, so even earrings may not exactly match—just be good companions. I generally work in a series, making several pieces that work off a style or theme like a bolo or triple strand necklace. Then I may be off in another direction!
I started my second career after retiring as president/CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, but have always had a “creative streak.” My first foray into the arts was painting, then clay and now informal jewelry.