There is beauty and usefulness in all things. So much energy, design and creativity is invested in all the materials that we use in our day to day lives. I’ve always used scraps and odds and ends to create my personal work, the whole process of transforming discarded materials into jewelry has always struck me as magical and gratifying. And over the years, that magical process has sent me on a journey of discovery. I create from the inside out. Though I work quite deliberately, consciously exploring the attributes of my materials, addressing their limitations and creating innovative techniques by which I can manipulate them, my unconscious carries me across the barriers into new and uncharted possibilities.
I focus more on what I think jewelry “could be” rather than what most people think jewelry “should be” – for me it’s always about “the possibilities”! My experimentation with unusual and alternative materials, frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for wonderful accidents and new techniques that influence the finished product.
If this work has a mission, it is this: To see the beauty and potential of all things, and the possibilities that a different point of view can create. It may be an empty water bottle, plastic utensils, rubber tubing, electrical wires or trash bags. Whatever the material or the original purpose, it can be transformed into something new and unexpected with a new and viable reason for existing.