Artist Statement

Perhaps I was a crow, fox or pack rat in a previous life, a gatherer of anything bright and shining.  As a child my favorite things were the biggest box of crayons I could find and anything that shimmered.  Just to gaze at these things was a quiet pleasure.  Although I never actually wore much jewelry, I loved the look and feel of it, especially the unusual.   I grew up and life went on.  But I still took pleasure in ornamentation and found much satisfaction in jewelry design and crafts.

Eventually there were so many beads, findings and finished jewelry everywhere that I decided to offer pieces to family and friends.  Their gratifying response was, "This is great! You should sell this stuff!"  And so I did, and so I do.

The inspiration for my designs comes from literally everywhere but there are influences from my background in archaeology and anthropology.  Artifacts from different times and places have always fascinated me.  This could translate into creations using anything from shells and leather to silver and lapis; inspired by a single mythic pendant or an intricate web of gold chains and stones.

I  prefer balance and symmetry in my designs and a finished look.  My main subversion is to take a component and, literally and figuritively, turn it upside down or apply it in ways it was not intended.  I often add tiny touches with seed beads and spacers to make a piece look more polished.

As I work through a piece I often create a personality in my mind's-eye...who would wear this, where or when do they live, what do they do?   It's a way of living out other lives, similar to what an actor or anthropologist does.

The most pleasure is in the design.  I work in two ways.  The first is to have a specific "shape" in mind....several draping chains....a strong inverted geomentric shape as a centerpiece..and so on.  I then start looking through my stock for specific components or colors that seem to work with this template.  Using this method I generally make my own drawings and sketches.  The second method I use is to simply take some beads, findings and castings that strike my fancy and start putting things together until I find something that "clicks".  What could be more fun than this...childhood revisited.

The actual crafting of a piece is  tedious and time-consuming.  If a loop is not just right, it has to be redone.  If elements aren't flowing together the design may have to be changed in mid-construction.  If a chain doesn't drape well, I may rethink the whole piece and start all over again.  And I'm my own worst critic.  But the satisfaction I feel on completing a piece far outways this sometimes frustrating stage.  My only wish and hope is that the wearer derives as much pleasure from wearing and displaying my designs as I do in creating them.

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       Update:  June 15, 2003 -- Sunday.