With this body of work, I combine oxidized sterling silver and felted wool, creating jewelry pieces that speak to contrast – hard/soft, dark/light, permanent/impermanent, organic/metallic. I am compelled to work with my hands and directly with my materials. I choose to celebrate beauty, design and processes that do not conform to traditional standards, but express new creative possibilities. This results in an adventurous path for the maker and the wearer.
First, I fabricate the silver jewelry forms. Then, I needle felt the wool onto the silver structure embellishing the metal design with the sculpted wool, sometimes including pearls or stones in the designs. I am fascinated by the way the wool binds onto itself creating a matted mass that holds onto the jewelry piece. Wool is an enduring material with fascinating qualities. It has been used for centuries in some cultures for dwellings, clothing and household items sometimes lasting for thousands of years.
I create my work so that it is functional and practical. The designs are lightweight and easy to care for with minimal effort. I believe each day is a chance to celebrate and enjoy our intimate creative expression using the canvas of our own bodies, and it is thrilling to wear a jewelry art piece that inspires inspection, questions and awe.
I appreciate that the expression of each wearer is a statement of their individuality, and I am honored that my jewelry becomes a part of this collaboration.