have collected beads for many, many years – mainly African trade beads and
lampwork – and some might (and do) say I’m obsessed! I have been hooked
on making jewelry, starting with beads and stringing, since taking a trip to
the southwest in the 70s, ending up in Santa Fe. I fell in love with
southwestern art and beaded jewelry. I started making pieces from beads
I collected in that region – seed beads, turquoise, some trade beads, silver,
etc. In recent years I have become much more involved in jewelry
making. I’ve been inspired by many artists working in metalwork,
wirework, PMC, and off-loom bead weaving, and have taken classes from some of
the masters. I love color, texture and design - having at one time
majored in graphic design.
jewelry is an eclectic combination of metalwork, wirework, woven components of
fiber and metal, off-loom bead weaving - with some lampwork (mostly
one-of-a-kind), and a few African trade beads. I work in copper and
silver - mostly copper lately. Each piece is unique – I never repeat a
design, although there may be similarities between pieces. Because I
prefer the ‘aged’ or organic look, I torch, hammer, rivet, fold, hammer,
punch, stitch, hammer, oxidize - and just about all but jump up and down on the
piece - to get the patina or finish I want. It’s so much fun!
typically don’t plan the whole design before I start – it just sort of happens
as I go along. When I’m finished, I take it to my husband for his
approval and have yet to show him a piece that wasn’t the most gorgeous thing
he’s ever seen!
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