When I was a teenager, I took a class in American Folk Art. This prompted an interest in quilting, ceramics and knitting. What these have in common is the ability to combine di erent colors, materials and textures together in one piece – like a crazy quilt.
As an adult, I decided to go back to
making crafts. I had the good fortune
to work as an “apprentice” for an
established jeweler. This experience,
along with taking several local art classes and workshops, provided a foundation for my own jewelry design. I have had a studio since 2001 and work mostly with sterling silver, gold, gemstones, pearls and epoxy resin. I am still interested in the “crazy quilt” idea and often combine several di erent metals, textures and colors in one piece of jewelry.
I texture the metal by drawing a design and etching it onto a brass plate. I then roll a piece of silver or gold through a rolling mill along with the etched plate. The piece is then assembled by forming, soldering and/or bending the metal.
Another technique I use often is epoxy resin inlay. The liquid resin can be mixed to create any color you want, then hardened in a toaster oven. The resulting piece can then be sanded and polished to a smooth surface.
In addition to the “crazy quilt” influence, my designs also reflect my admiration for Japanese art. I lived in Japan for five years where I studied ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). The simplicity of these flower designs, as well as an emphasis on asymmetry, have greatly a ected how I look at art and is reflected in my jewelry designs.