My creative process is a combination of instinct, discovery and letting the things that inspire me percolate and come to the surface as I work. The act of creating jewelry in itself is often where new ideas are born. The spark can come from something as simple as folding a washer or cutting a circle. I am drawn to geometric forms that are balanced and still retain a feeling of joy. I also pay attention to contrasts in color and the play between positive and negative space.
While I was a RISD student, I participated in a study abroad program in Italy. I was ignited by Rome’s rich architectural history and discovered my love of ancient, classical and modern sculpture. These became sources of inspiration that later found an outlet in the smaller more accessible format of jewelry. The work of modernist sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi and the Italian jewelry artist Giampaolo Babetto inspire me to distill each form to its essential geometry.
A few years later, I returned to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar. I studied classical sculptures and paintings and how they represent the various roles of women. I was so moved by Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto that I wrote a song about her. My studies of the Divine Feminine resonated within me and continue to influence my work to this day.
My hope is that when women wear my jewelry, they will tap into the Divine Feminine within them and find inner strength and outward beauty.
“I want my jewelry to inspire courage, beauty, and joy in the women who wear it.”