“When one of my pieces resonates with someone else in a meaningful way, there’s an understanding there like no other. ”
“Creating handmade goods is an expression of myself and a way to connect with other humans.”
What is your design background?
Most of my family are artists and designers, and I was blessed with the tools and encouragement to pursue art from a young age. I went on to earn my BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from RISD.
Walk me through your production/design process.
I tend to begin in the three dimensional, and then it becomes an intuitive dance between sketching and exploring with materials. I rarely have a solid original vision; it’s usually an idea that’s there but in a fog, and it’s my job to clear the fog.
What is the inspiration behind your design?
Artifacts of all kinds have always fascinated me. They provide connection and insight into the work of craftspeople spanning centuries. I also find that artifacts invite questioning in a way very specific to their archaic nature- why did the first people create what we today call jewelry? Why did they feel that urge to wear small objects on the body? What drove their design decisions? Why do we wear what we do? For me these are all ways to engage with the world in a meaningful way.