I came to the Lake Simcoe area in 2002. Perhaps it was the effect of the beautiful surroundings that inspired me to leave a career in education and social services to explore my creative side. I graduated from the Goldsmith Program at Georgian College in 2007 and have not looked back.
Themes of “connection” have always informed my work. Jewellery can connect us to ourselves and to others. I enjoy making adornments that allow the wearer to express themselves, whether their style is playful and extravagant or understated and serene.
Nature also figures strongly in my work. Organic designs can connect us to the physical world around us sometimes through the flow of a simple line or perhaps through an actual found object. The materials themselves-a vintage button, the flash of a piece of labradorite or a pistachio shell-inspire me to create unique and wearable pieces.
My commission work is very fulfilling. I get tremendous satisfaction helping people to symbolize their relationships or to help them to connect to their own values through uniquely designed jewellery that has personal meaning.
I largely work in sterling silver however I explore other materials as well: gold, bronze, niobium, even Japanese paper.
Jewellery has the power to connect us to ourselves, to others, to the world around us and even to our history. Whatever the reason for wearing it, I feel privileged to be the maker.