Meet the Artist
About This Artist
My interest lies in using line to render drawings three-dimensionally; to explore volume, movement, and pattern and how that transforms into personal and interactive sculpture on the body. The graphic lines, textures, and patterns of my work are inspired by elements of modernist design, fashion, and architecture that are translated into recycled high karat gold and silver. Select pieces are accented with ethically sourced diamonds or colorful gemstones, and each piece is fabricated and finished by hand in her Providence, RI studio.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My work is made with a variety of techniques that include casting, stamping, and hand-fabricating using a variety of antique hand tools and machines...some of which are almost 100 years old that we use on a daily basis in the studio. I'm fortunate to be located in an area that used to be the costume jewelry manufacturing headquarters of the United States, and there are still wonderful small jewelry manufacturing specific businesses close to the studio that I'm proud to support.
A: Settling in at my bench and picking up my favorite antique files is as natural and reflexive as breathing. There's something comforting about the feel of my favorite tools in hand and being able to turn a sheet of metal or length of wire into a piece of jewelry that will be treasured and worn on a regular basis.
A: After a rigorous college education culminating in a BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing, I apprenticed as a goldsmith for several years. I'm proud to bring that level of technique and finishing to each of my collections, from the smallest sterling silver post earring to a custom engagement ring.
A: The "aha" moment never gets old...it happens when hours of research, sketching, and paper modelmaking result in a piece that moves and functions exactly as I designed it to. Big smiles and tasty treats from a local bakery for the studio when our hard work comes to fruition!
A: I met Martina Windels when I was a student in the Jewelry + Metalsmithing program at RISD and she was a guest critic at one of my critiques. She was the first gallery to carry my work (at the former Martina + Co. gallery) and encouraged me to approach other galleries as well as to apply for my very first ACC show all the way back in 2007. Her advice, discerning eye, and joie de vivre are a continuing source of inspiration to this day.
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