I grew up surrounded by creativity. From a family that now includes its third generation of professional musicians, every facet of my life has been steeped in artistic interpretation, creation, and performance, and I was always on the lookout for my perfect outlet for creative expression. Then one day, I encountered beads. These magical bits of glass, gemstone, metal and other materials sang to me in ways I had not imagined before.
So now I create one of a kind jewelry, orchestrated with textures, colors, and patterns, harmoniously arranged in an eclectic medley of techniques. The materials themselves are the inspiration for me.
Predominantly self-taught, I work with semi-precious gemstones, glass seed beads, contemporary and vintage art glass, metals, fiber, and natural materials. Many of my pieces incorporate centuries-old beadweaving techniques - African ndebele and helix stitches, Native American peyote or gourd stitch, netting, embroidery, spiral weaves and others - that weave thousands of tiny seed beads one at a time into complex works, translated to reflect a modern sensibility. I have explored the possibilities of combining traditional fiber knotting and needle weaving into my jewelry as well. I regularly incorporate metalworking with hand fabricated clasps and other components that I fashion from sterling silver or gold-filled wire.
Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation, and many are designed as they are created, growing organically from the interrelationships of the materials being used.