I make jewelry designed to be appeal to those who like the unusual, the off-beat, a piece that stands out because of its mix of materials, textures, patterns and design. I think of myself as a designer, combining patterns, textures, surfaces, color and scale in ways that create uncommon works to wear.
When I start to work on series or just one piece, I have form and function in mind and the materials in the palm of my hand. I simply sit down at my bench and begin musing about how shapes and colors will work together. What is the intended overall look—casual, dressy, asymmetrical, “in your face” and, of course, I have form in mind—a bracelet, necklace or earrings, and also think about dressy or casual.
Mixed materials equal WOW! I juxtapose the informality of screen spline and rubber with Murano glass, paper, vintage beads and more. Look closely and you will see hardware store items in many of my pieces. Stadium Hardware is my source for all things rubber such as grommets, washers and screen spline! Many pieces are asymmetric. That is one way to create the unexpected and off beat.
I have always been creative. I started out working in clay but moved to jewelry. Clay work is hard on the body! I make some of my beads and buy others from artists around the world. When we traveled (and will again) there isn’t a bead shop I don’t visit. I continue to take classes and inspiration from contemporary art and design—furniture, fabrics and more. Never a day goes by when my mind isn’t tossing around with idea for shapes, colors and textures and how to create something new and unusual.