How did you start making jewelry / What is your background?
A bit of chance and rediscovery. I had been pursuing psychology and a couple of other subjects when I was in undergrad and although it was very intellectually stimulating, the creative part of me felt very stifled. I always had a fondness for drawing and making things from an early age. As I got older I shifted my focus to academics and these early passions went dormant for a little while. It wasn't long before the eagerness to create began to stir again and it needed an outlet. My university offered some courses in jewelry and I was lucky enough to land a spot in one of them. I loved working with a tangible medium and the ability to give my ideas a physical form again. After rediscovering this, I chose to keep going and things developed very organically from there.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I take inspiration from ordinary objects - patterns on building facade, contours on a piece of hardware, the shapes and lines of a wrought iron fence - usually nothing fashion related. It's more fun for me to start out with a very neutral object with no direct context as inspiration because it has the potential to be anything depending on who's looking at it. I really like this concept and try to incorporate it into my work.
What is your most favorite piece of jewelry that has been gifted to you?
A silver ring several sizes too big with an oval amethyst that my mom gave me when I was young. It finally fits!
What is the most satisfying part of the experience of making jewelry?
Creating and building things out of nothing essentially. I like that I can take raw materials and give my ideas a physical form.
Tell us about your creative process...
When I was starting out, my impatience and excitement to create led me to seek out methods and processes that would allow my designs to come into being faster - bending, hammering, forging. I incorporated the vestiges of these techniques into my visual language, embracing the irregularities and textures and letting chance play a role in the design. I've integrated many new techniques and approaches since then but I think this early period instilled the idea that process has just as much role in the design as the original idea itself.
Do you have a favorite tool?
Probably a hammer. If I had literally no other tools, I think I could still manage to create quite a bit with just this and a torch.
What is your perfect day in NY (season, places, sights, food, etc)?
Roaming around outside on a bright Spring day when the temperature is just right and having zero obligations.
What is your favorite part about FluxWork Studio?
I love the community of people there. It’s great being able to have other people around who you can talk shop with and share your interests.