April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
A special thanks to photographer Tom Whelan, a member of the LACS Photography Guild, who gave me some great tips and did a photo demo using my jewelry as the subject. www.whelanphoto.com
Also thanks to photographer Daniel Eppelsheimer, who took a few photos of me!
April 15, 2014 § 3 Comments
I was thrilled when Lorrie DiCesare, Owner of the Hourglass Art and Gift Gallery, asked if I could design an exclusive piece of jewelry just for their new website. Hourglass is located at 458 Main Street, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176. The new website will be up soon! Here is a sneak peek at the hammered sterling silver earrings and pendant, with pearl drops. Available exclusively at the Hourglass Gallery store and online.
August 31, 2013 § 1 Comment
I have been spending a lot of time thinking about totemic animal jewelry, and crafting new necklace designs for fall! The inspiration for my handcrafted jewelry and accessories comes from thinking about the role of cultural narrative in constructing identity. My process is to create narratives for my work that intertwine ideas about mythology and tradition, creating a collection of animal jewelry was a natural evolution of this exploration, because animals play key roles in many culture’s creation myths where they are essential to survival, are respected as equals and are meaningful representations of human potential.
July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Combining a hint of edgy unconformity with a sense of history and tradition, Ossis is a collection of vintage inspired jewelry, cast from sterling silver and embellished with 14k gold and gemstones.
The word Ossis in latin means ‘bone’. In architecture we always talk about the structure or fundamental elements of an environment as the bones. For thousands of years, bones have been fashioned as tools, musical instruments, whistles and other objects of ritual use. The Medicine Person symbolically becomes a ‘Hollow Bone’, having shape-shifted into a vessel or channel through which a ‘Spirit’ can take action to guide or touch others. They are thinking, talking, and walking in the presence a Spirit and each action is a service to those who are gathered. Bones represent the foundation of self, attitude, relationship, and belief systems, and are symbols of death and rebirth. Some cultures use bones of different animals for purposes of scrying (usually chicken bones), or for ceremonial tools according to their spiritual or religious beliefs. The skeleton image or symbol in artwork may indicate the desire to reveal hidden issues; or break things down to the structural form, often representing that which we hide from others or ourselves. With so much history, nuance and meaning, Ossis was an irresistable name for this new handcrafted jewelry collection – stay tuned for new exciting introductions!
June 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
It is difficult to improve on the custom of giving and receiving finger rings, which apparently dates back over approximately 6,000 years. However, I could not resist putting my own spin on this beautiful tradition, especially since I love looking down to gaze at the rings on my fingers and day-dream about how they came to be there.
With the introduction of rings to my jewelry collections, I could not resist sharing, in my husband Josh’s words, the night he proposed to me and put a new beautiful ring on my finger:
“It happened last night, at 7:45 in a quiet corner of our new favorite neighborhood restaurant Vee Vee. We arrived at 6:00, and were seated at a table in the front bay window which, paradoxically, was the most secluded seat in the small 10-table restaurant. The food was exceptional, Jennifer had just licked clean her entrée plate, and I was still finishing mine.The conversation turned to a more quiet contemplation, and we stared deeply into each other’s eyes. REM was playing quietly in the background. I told her that I loved her, and whispered sweet nothings, as my hand concealed a ring box in my lap. As I asked her to marry me, I placed my hand on the table, still concealing the ring box. She glanced down, noticing something hidden underneath.She mumbled something. She will say later that she was overwhelmed by emotion and couldn’t speak…or maybe I wanted to hear her say it three times: “Yes! Yes I will marry you!”Only once I had secured, definitively, her answer, did I pull my hand away to reveal the box. I opened it slowly, focusing on her expression as she saw the ring I had commissioned for her.Delight!!! Jaw-dropped amazement, and a big smile that warmed my heart. The diamonds flashed red and orange, reflecting the light and deep orange color of the walls of the restaurant, and looking like they were on fire. Joy, pure joy, in each other’s company. It was a magical moment, it took her breath away. They brought us champagne, and we toasted to “happily ever after.”
May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
February 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
The snake is the symbol of the 2013 Chinese New Year, which is the 10th of February. The Snake Jewelry in the Ark Collection of animal charms are made of polished sterling silver, lustrous 18-karat matte gold-plated brass, antiqued sterling silver plated brass, and matte raw brass, and strive to capture the organized, intelligent, intuitive, and elegant snake in a contemporary, silhouetted form. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: ‘This animal hides in your heart.’
According to Chinese astrology snakes are the deepest thinkers of the 12 zodiacs. Legend has it that inception of the Chinese zodiac signs began when Buddha called on all the animals to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. However, only twelve animals arrived at his summoning, so those were given a place of honor in a year being named after each. Those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and now 2013, were born under the sign of the snake. Snake people are born charming and popular. Snakes are spotlight magnets, and they will not be ignored.
We are leaving the year 2012, which was the year of the flamboyant dragon. The dragon is a legendary animal and the symbol of the emperor in China. Together the lucky dragon and the wise snake bring good fortune. The Chinese New Year always begins on the second new moon after winter solstice.
The Ark Collection of Animal and Symbolic Jewelry is crafted from thin metal then hammered for texture and strength. Beautiful jewelry that is easy to wear, lightweight and durable!