Concept + Adornment = Jewelry. An idea starts the design process, but the sensual pleasure of owning and wearing a desirable object is the result. The challenge is to satisfy the intellectual and the sensual for the wearer and the maker. This exchange is the heart of my practice. My aesthetic is modern, my chosen materials are non-traditional and mostly non-precious. I work with washable paper, silicone rubber, polypropylene, polyester, and resin. Nothing pleases me more that someone loving the idea of paper earrings, a rubber necklace, or a polyester pendant.
I worked for many years as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator and came to jewelry by chance. A visit to a museum exhibition of a well known jewelry artist intrigued me so much that I enrolled in the jewelry program at a local college.
I found in jewelry a way to integrate my love of design and art history with my background in such disciplines as typography, textiles, painting, paper making and printmaking.
This selection of earrings is fabricated from cast epoxy resin and powdered pigments. I create laser cut shapes of my own design, cast them into silicone rubber molds and then proceed with the resin casting to create a series of related but one of a kind pieces. These resin elements are combined with sterling silver, faceted gems and glass beads.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Earned a BFA degree in Painting and Printmaking (cum laude) from Ohio University, and studied jewelry at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Worked for many years in the publishing and news industry as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator.