M Y   J E W E L R Y:
All my jewelry is hand made in my studio in downtown Portland, Oregon.
I use old world and primitive techniques to achieve my forms. I handcraft my jewelry
to showcase a rugged but refined primitive look. The inspir
ation that goes into my
Jewelry comes from nature and the beautiful primitive adornments and textiles made
in Africa, South America, Afgh
anistan and Turkestan.

I N S P I R A T I O N
I like uneven textures and patterns.  I am not interested in perfection, straight lines or
clean shiny stylized forms. I am intrigued by designs that show a very hum
an or
natural quality, and depth. Like, a realistic flaw here and there or overlap of a seem
or a uneven pattern or a missing dot in a continuation of dots. I love how things in
nature twist and turn and have a story of time. I grew up off the grid deeply
immersed in nature and spent hours as a kid frolicking in redwood groves admiring
the natural world. As I got older I helped my father in his import store. Here I was
exposed to jewelry and textiles from all over the world and was really struck by the
c
arpets and weavings that come from Afghanistan and Turkestan. It captivated me
how certain patterns in these weavings would be suddenly filled in with a diff
erent
color or stop all together, or a new stitch pattern would suddenly develop half way
through a design. Leaving, me to wonder if the maker simply ran out of that color
yarn and took up a different one or changed their mind half way through. These
somewhat random imperf
ections are intriguing to me. They communicate a natural,
simple and raw message of creativity.
So my jewelry has a bit of both these qualities, nature and tribal, mixed together.
I hope to capture in my creations the depth of expression of my individuality mixed
with a taste of the ancient, which I so l
ove...




Corrales Bosque Gallery - Corrales, NM
Imogen Gallery, Astoria, OR
The Real Mother Goose Gallery,
Airport & NW Portland, Or
Fernie Brae, NE Portland, OR
Silverado, Bend, OR
Small Craft Advisory, Stone Harbor, NJ
Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ
As Kindred Sp
irits, Rockville, MD
As Kindred Spirits, Ann
apolis, MD
Fire and Rain, Folsom, CA
March i Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA
Out of Hand, Mt. Pleasant, SC
D
on Muller, Northhampton, MA
Gallery in the Woods, Brattleboro, VT
Golden Bug, Pasedena, CA
High Gloss, Houston, TX
Pomegranite, La Jolla, CA
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