My Jewelry Journey…
I have been making jewelry for as long as I can remember really. I started out collecting teleophone wire when I was a kid because it came in all of these striped candy-colors. I spent hours twisting that wire into all sorts of forms, keychains, necklaces and whatever else I could dream up.
From there, I started collecting beads. I was working in Alaska in my early 20’s, and I was around women that loved to bead necklaces in their spare time. I collected beads from my travels, and each bead carried an emotion associated with a place or time. I still love beads, although I rarely use them in my work currently.
I met and married Shayne at 30, and we moved to the Pacific Northwest. I worked a corporate job for awhile, but kept returning to making jewelry in my spare time.
Shayne and I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to move to Singapore, and while there, I discovered a treasure trove of bedoin-style jewelry while rummaging through a box of old jewelry in the back of a little market shop.
My heart quickened and I decided then and there to seriously explore metal jewelry making and leaped into my creative career!
After Singapore, we moved to Chattanooga, TN and I really dove into working with patina’d metal and my jewelry passion took off. I had a downtown studio and experimented with many different techniques and styles before settling into the mostly metal, texture and dimensional forms that I create now.
During the years that followed, I taught beginners how to make wire into jewelry via art retreats and private classes, as well as written over a dozen tutorials for Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine and Belle Armoire Jewelry.
But about 4 years ago, we settled in Roanoke, VA. I took a couple of years off from making jewelry full-time, but then in 2018 I heard the creative call and answered it.
Currently, I have a studio in downtown Roanoke that is my creative hub. My studio is colorful and filled with little things that inspire me to keep exploring textures and forms.
Early in 2019, I was approached by a wholesale jewelry representative and developed a wholesale line for retail.
Life is great…I love what I do and am privilidged to share my passion with making with those that enjoy wearing crafted artisan jewelry.
Studio & Method
My current workspace is located in the Aurora Building at 110 Campbell Ave SW in Roanoke, VA. It’s around 500 sq.ft. and the front portion is for visiting & my Human Design consult work, with the back half my jewelry studio.
I designed the space to reflect the two most important things to me regarding expression…soul work that leads to the substance of our life.
Soul to Substance is the way I frame how we manifest and experience our lifecycle and I feel like my purpose is to explore this concept. My studio environment is set up to reflect this process that I’m fascinated by.
I hand fabricate every piece of jewelry here using mostly sheet metal and wire. In my creative work, I explore uniqueness, aging, movement & expression. This is my home away from home.