At the Southern most part of Key West, there is a place called Mallory Square. Each evening the "locals" come out to perform and sell items to the tourists. Spring break, 1998...I came across a local that happened to be this cool, hippy chick riding an adult tricycle and selling handmade, wire-wrapped jewelry. I purchased a necklace...and more importantly, became inspired...
About the Artist
Every time I would wear my new necklace I would recall the artist's cool and carefree lifestyle. One day I took apart the necklace and decided I would figure out how to wire wrap something similar on my own. I was hooked. I took beading classes at this cute little shop in Powell, Ohio and started building a collection of my own supplies. One of my favorite spots was an eclectic shop called Byzantium, located in the heart of the Ohio State campus, where I attended college.
Christmas, 2001...I woke up to a kiln, torch and a gift certificate for a beginning lampworking class. At first I was extremely intimidated, but I quickly gained confidence and it gave my jewelry a truely one of a kind look. My new creations quickly became the focal point of my jewelry. It was so fullfilling to be able to create jewelry with beads you have actually created all on your own.
Being an Ohio State fanatic, I made glass "buckeyes" and adorned necklaces, bracelets and earrings with them...selling them to help pay my way through nursing school. Things escalated quickly, selling to friends turned in to selling at small shows at local churches and schools, which turned in to larger shows as well as selling online via Ebay.
I have since moved from the Buckeye State to sunny Scottsdale, AZ and now my work can be seen at some of the largest and most competitive art shows in the Southwest. I have been fortunate to be able to take a little hiatus from nursing and I am now focusing 100% of my time into developing my brand into a more recognizable product. I do everything on my own because I am extremely proud of my work and don't want to sacrifice any quality by having pieces mass made. I like to be able to customize jewelry so people feel their piece is truely special and one of a kind. This also allows me to connect with my customers on a personal level which helps fill the void from what I miss most about nursing.
I like to create wearable art that is affordable to all with no sacrifice in quality or components. I use high quality sterling silver, vintage beads, semi-precious stones, leather and almost all of my pieces have glass beads that I have created. I take enormous pride in my work, whether it be a bead selling for a few dollars or necklaces selling for hundreds of dollars. The people I create jewelry for quickly become friends and that means the world to me.