Peek into my studio and you’ll discover my penchant for scavenging found and natural objects. A perfectly formed wasp’s nest, half of a black walnut shell, old maps, small vintage toys, and a prized copper shard–its surface encased in verdigris and rust–make their home in my studio. Individual objects and groupings and collections of these fragments form a personal repository of memories and thoughts that spark ideas for my jewelry.
My early childhood in Jamaica, West Indies, and summers spent in Maine exploring beach and forest also inspire the colors, textures, patterns and shapes I use in my work. Thematically, my jewelry designs draw from my interests in nature and its patterns, archeology, memories, and the concept of place as physical space, as fictional space, and as state-of-mind. Although imagery and patterns used in my designs may have personal significance, the potential remains for each wearer to interpret the work from their own frame of reference.
Working on more than one piece at a time often inspires new directions or unique solutions to structural or design problems. At times, pieces seem to take on a life of their own, with the materials dictating a direction. Juxtaposition, connotation, and chance all play a part as the different components come together on my worktable. I enjoy the process of figuring out how the different elements fit together to make an integrated piece. This evolution takes place over days or weeks, with each element adding its voice to the whole.
Creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition art jewelry keeps my work fresh and constantly evolving as I develop new ideas. I hope you’ll enjoy viewing and wearing my jewelry as much as I’ve enjoyed creating each piece!