June 21, 2021
Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and where?
A: I am a self-taught jeweler. I was previously a writer, both journalist and poet, and found my way to jewelry while living abroad. I was writing a series of profiles about artists and came across a piece of nylon mesh, which quickly turned from play to obsession. I returned to New York and began taking metalsmithing workshops at the 92nd St. Y to learn how to make my own findings and connections for the nylon. I have supplemented over the years with a few classes, but have largely learned through making.
Q: What inspires your work?
A: I am inspired by material. By playing with, working and reworking material. By adding and experimenting with new material. And by reading fiction.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
A: My Four part Resin Brooch.
Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?
A: I was working as a journalist, writing about artists, and found that eventually I wanted to be making art myself more than write about it. I was eager to get out of my head and more into my hands.
Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?
A: Resin and photographs form the basis for my current work. One of the things I most love about the process I am using is the element of surprise. Resin takes a while to cure, and because I am combining it with photographs, I never entirely know what something will look like until it is cured. I leave my work to cure overnight, and I find it endlessly exciting to return to the studio in the morning to "discover" what I have made.
Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?
A: Hard for me to answer this question.
We totally understand, it's hard for us to answer this question too!
Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?
A: I feel like my answer to this question probably changes weekly. At this moment I would like to own a piece by Mariko Kusumoto. I would also like to own a large ceramic piece by Johnathan Hopp.
Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?
A: It is lighter than it looks.
Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?
A: Mothering two kids, and when I have time, reading with a good cup of coffee!
July 28, 2021