Category / Medium: Jewelry
Favorite nearby restaurant: Kakawa Chocolate House
My work is inspired by cityscapes, geologic rock formations and observations of both human-made and natural structures. My jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, like the structures that are its inspiration. The pieces consist of fold-formed hollow pods that are hinged, soldered and joined in varied configurations. Utilizing hammers, I sink and form the metal, creating arrangements that are light and comfortable to wear. I use 18k and 22k gold, oxidized sterling silver, stainless steel wire and unusual stones in raw, faceted and smooth surfaces. Hinges, Settings and clasps are handmade. Throughout the many phases of the construction there is a lot of sawing, sanding, filing and soldering. I tend to work in stages in order to implement my vision using my own blueprints to guide the way.