My grandmother often told me “The most important tools you possess are your own two hands.” She applied hers with skill and dedication to her passions and was rewarded with the deep satisfaction crafting by hand can bring. As a jewelry designer, I know that joy and satisfaction well.
The strongest sources of inspiration come from a walk in the woods. The course of a stream, the texture of a stone, the pattern on an insect, the twist of a leaf – all fertile fields to explore. Embracing an eastern aesthetic in the creative process, I find I am continually paring down initial concepts to the essential – removing the extraneous to uncover the central elements of strength, grace and harmony. In stepping aside, the best designs reveal themselves on their own – when I, and my hands – are simply tools through which the process unfolds.
I believe wearing objects crafted by hand can offer a way to bring beauty and quiet moments of reflection into our lives everyday – and that is my intention with each piece I make.