I make strong focal pieces that highlight vintage architectural/industrial elements, including hinges, musical instruments, chandelier parts, tools, postage stamps and objects that were originally made just for function. For years I designed jewelry with traditional materials, using classic forms, and now I work with…everything! Giving old objects new context can be as simple as cutting, buffing and drilling a clock-hand; or as complex as designing a necklace of hand-dyed silk ribbon, the cut/polished handle of a paint-brush, suede cording, chain from a cuckoo-clock, an antique Chinese coin and modern plumbing parts. The end result is a striking and adventurous synthesis of industrial strength and glamour.
I especially love working with postage stamps, coins and clock-parts. They elicit some amazing stories from people – places they’ve traveled, lived or dreamed about, and countries that have changed regimes, borders and names. People also talk about where their ancestors came from, and often reach out to stroke a gleaming piece as they tell the old family stories. I value the opportunity to meet and greet clients, and find the perfect piece of jewelry to reflect their style and experiences.