Making things with my hands has been my passion since childhood. I began making miniatures for my dollhouse, sewing clothes for my dolls and gluing bits of plastic, trash, or anything I could get my hands on into toys and furniture for my miniature world. As I grew up, nestled by the trees and constant patter of rain between the Cascades and Olympics in western Washington, I developed a love of nature and living things, spending time outdoors surrounded by the bounty of a thriving garden I helped my dad tend each year. (Of course, the harvest was my favorite part.) Making things continued to be a part of my life, through cooking, sewing, music, and jewelry making.
I decided to attend Humboldt State University, where they offered a jewelry and small metals program where I expanded my techniques and learned new skills from my teachers and classmates. The foggy Northern California coast helped feed my love of nature. I was amazed by the grandeur of the redwoods and the ocean whose misty comings and goings fueled the forest. What I saw around me was that nature and the things I loved were compromised, and they needed to be given a voice. Shifting from the wearable to the sculptural, my pieces became more representational, meaningful, and whimsical.
Wearable or otherwise, each piece aims to capture the viewer in its details, bringing them into my miniature world. I like to incorporate found objects such as seeds and shells with gemstones, metal and beads. Many of my pieces depict animal or plant life or are inspired by it in their design. Each piece is hand fabricated using traditional silversmith techniques at my home studio in Santa Rosa, California. I am always looking to take my work in new directions, honing my skills as a craftsperson as I figure out what it means to be an artist. Through my art and my jewelry, I seek to inspire the love of nature in my wearers and viewers.
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