a peek at where the magic happens...
shiny objects with dashes of color
My main squeeze is silver, especially fine silver. It yields to forming, gets forced into shapes and succumbs to textures. I add color and texture treating this raw material as my palette. Through torch firing vitreous enamels I get to quench my love of playing with fire and color simultaneously. Forming and texturing silver allows me to use my hammer collection. I am especially fond of the old, dinged up, rusted vintage hammers, the textures they create never cease to amaze me. The hiss of my torch and clang of my hammer lets this girl make some noise. I love that delicate jewelry is made in a somewhat aggressive manner as I hammer along to punk music blasting in the background.
inspiration & style
I am inspired by the details in everyday life. Walking to my favorite cafe, riding my bike to run errands, running through the city street, strolling under tree cover - simple daily actions cause me to pause and notice the reflection of light, shadows, patterns, textures, shapes and the intricacies of nature. I capture these observations with my camera. My photographs serve as a sketchbook for new ways to play with metal and new color palettes to explore.
My inspiration in the minute details of life has influenced me to make jewelry you want to wear every day, and possibly to bed. It is functional, practical and perfect for a night in the city, with a t-shirt and jeans or hiking and running apparel.
That being said one of my biggest influences in style is Audrey Hepburn. She is perfectly timeless in an easily glamorous way. In her own quiet manner she pushes the boundaries, for instance playing Holly Golightly, yet she remains graceful and poised. I hope my jewelry can stand the test of time as she has.
My bold color palettes are inspired by the paintings and graffiti of Jean-Michel Basquait. His use of crude lines and pops of color intrigue me, forcing me to study his seemingly simple work searching for meaning in all of his design elements. As someone who creates simple designs I want the wearer to pay attention to the details and see the passion I put into creating each piece.
handmade with love
My jewelry is handmade by me down to the clasp. From forming to texturing to cutting chain to finishing, I do it all. This allows me to easily accommodate the needs of each customer. Should you have a special request (custom colors, different chain length...) please do not hesitate to contact me. My training as a jeweler has helped me learn to pay attention to the details and I love the challenge of a new design. Custom orders have inspired my work and taken me in directions I never could have thought of alone. It is deeply gratifying.
A few of my designs have cast elements. These pieces are found objects, vintage jewelry parts or natural objects I found foraging under tree cover. I worked closely with a local company to give these objects a new life in my jewelry line. This company is made of skilled craftspeople who lovingly craft their work by hand. It is a partnership which allows me to support a local, small business, like me! Once these items are cast I do the clean up work, forming, soldering and finishing to complete my design.
keeping it clean
In my canal side studio I like to keep things clean. There is this thing called flux we jewelers use. It helps to prevent metal from becoming overly tarnished while we solder. In my studio I use biodegradable flux. No toxic fumes, no toxic chemicals going down the drain. Awesome right? After we solder the metal needs to get the burnt flux and oxidation cleaned off. In my vintage crock pot I have a vitamin c and water solution heated up which is completely safe and one hell of a cleaner. We call this pickle. I love that jewelers pickle in their crock pots.
While I may not use 100% recycled silver, there is a portion of recycled silver in my products. Metal suppliers and casting companies don't let their scrap go to waste, there is always a percentage thrown back in to be reused. I follow the same practices in my studio. My sweepings, sandpaper clogged with silver dust, sanding discs and scraps of silver are all collected and sent to my metal supplier to be reclaimed. As are my botched projects, I will admit it, some days things melt under my flame or some color combinations just aren't meant to be sent out into the world. All of this goes in the scrap bin to be recycled.
All of my packaging is made of recycled materials and can be recycled. Awesome, right? Okay, the twine I wrap my brown packages up with may not be made of recycled materials, but it is biodegradable. I think I may be forgiven. I make up for this with printing two shipping labels per page on recycled paper and keeping a healthy supply of succulents alive in my studio. It all counts for something, right?