Highways, railroads, and power lines link us in a common web across the developed world, and while these structures require the most sophisticated engineering to accomplish they are so familiar as to be largely ignored. I turn this imagery into adornment, using the language of jewelry to load value onto these basic necessities for modern urban life.
I am also interested in the subtle changes of architectural details between cities and the visual cues that inform an outsider of a place’s personality. Having lived in numerous cities, I use my observations to catalogue these similarities and differences and then reflect them in my work. The subtlety allows the wearer of my pieces to make a connection to their specific place in the world by dressing in a representation of its landscape.
Using soldering, fusing and hand forming, I primarily work with oxidized sterling silver and fine copper mesh.
Working as a jeweler since 2008, I completed my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. My work is included in The Ornamental Metals Museum in Tennessee and the Dominion Virginia Power Art Collection.