I came to jewelry-making later in life, after more than 20 years in the corporate world of numbers and deadlines. I had always needed to create, and while directed along an academic path in school, I had always found ways to express myself outside of work. Painting, writing, cooking – each satisfied me for a time, but never “stuck.” The random act of purchasing a craftstore earring kit led, within weeks, to signing up for that first simple craft show.
Now, 8 years later, I have come to where I am meant to be in the world of jewelry design. Metalwork is my passion. To take a blank piece of sheet metal and manipulate it into something no one has seen before. To create a piece of wearable art that is infused with history, with movement, with beauty – in all its imperfections. I know the ‘rules’ in jewelry-making. I choose, for the most part, to not follow them. I follow my own path and create my own rules, my own fashion.
My purpose is to create jewelry that draws people in, to start conversations, to create an intimacy between the wearer and those around her. Women choose statement pieces because those items speak to them about themselves, and I believe those stories should be shared. Through history, jewelry has been much more than an accessory. It is an expression of identity.
I am drawn to contrast. I like hard materials combined with the softness of pearls. I like unyielding metals that move and flow. Working sheet metal with fire and hammers into a beautiful piece of jewelry, speaks to my identity as a woman, expected to be feminine, but needing a resilient core to thrive.
My current pieces continue on with a neutral colour palette. I work in smoky tones of brass, silver and copper. I like pieces that transition from season to season, and hover outside the borders of current trends so that they remain relevant and are always on point. I want to create artful jewelry that will stand the test of time. I am currently working with labradorite and druzies. I love the blue or green flash of labradorite that reveals all its inner mysteries when the lighting is just right. And druzies add just the right amount of bling for me – a hint of crystal that catches the light. I will continue to infuse my work with pearls. Everyday is a good day to wear them.