I'm intrigued by the intersection of mankind and the natural world. My current work brings together a juxtaposition of delicate forms with an edge. The formations, movements and textures within the pieces are inspired by nature, but they are precisely handmade. Working deliberately complex and miniature, I
am constantly testing my capabilities as a craftsperson. I work to instill a fascination of the making process, paralleling our fascination with delicate curiosities in nature around us.“Thistle” is a technique that has become my signature, named for its wild texture and movement. I find that this technique emulates nature's tiniest features, such as seeds, berry clusters, and root structures. Using tweezers and the tiny flame of my torch, each individual piece comes together to create a composition.
I've been making things with my hands for as long as I can remember. It was during my education at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA while studying industrial design that I discovered metalsmithing. I continue to be drawn to the meticulous, exacting process of making jewelry using ancient techniques, my beloved tools, and fire. In Summer 2017, I moved my studio into the historic Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.
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