Artist Statement


Artist Statement

My jewelry has been described as earthy, everyday casual, ethnic chic, industrial, and urban.  That just about sums it up!  I enjoy designing jewelry that reflects my evolving ideas, my personality, and the inherent characteristics of the materials that I use, in an aesthetically solid  way.  My designs can easily be worn on a daily basis, yet are strong enough to make a statement on a special occasion.
My indispensable ingredients are wire and semi-precious sheet metal made of copper, brass, bronze and sterling silver.  I also add found objects, beads, especially metal, and stones.  My process involves sawing, cutting, or stamping out the sheet metal and then adding texture by various means including hammering, punching and etching.  The wire is then bent, coiled, and often forged to flatten and texture it.  I make attachments with soldered and cold (i.e., not soldered) connections using rivets, eyelets, and jump rings.  I achieve an antiqued look by applying a patina or finish in order to artificially age the metal and then I hand polish the piece to achieve depth and shine.  I'm drawn to the earthy/industrial look of mixing different types of metals and juxtaposing organic textures with the more industrial-look types of joining methods. 
Each piece of my jewelry is handcrafted by me and no two items are alike.  My joy is in the creative process - idea generation, learning and using techniques to realize those ideas, problem solving, experimenting, trying variations of ideas, and finally having it all come together in a finished piece. I hope you enjoy wearing these pieces as much as I have enjoyed designing and creating them.