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As a child, I would watch my very talented grandmother and mother spend hours perfecting the design of their latest creation such as a quilt used for warmth on a cold
winter’s night later turned into wall art or a beautiful gown (complete with crystals) for my first prom. Paying attention to detail and craftsmanship were lessons learned at an early age.

My mother loved accessorizing! This was easy to see when visiting her home but was even more evident in her selection of clothing accessories – hats, scarves, purses,
shoes and of course, jewelry. I share this addiction with her. Although her style was strictly contemporary, I’m drawn to a mix of old and new, antique and abstract,
vibrant colors and unusual textures.

Being a teen in the ‘60’s opened the door to free…

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  • Joined April 15, 2009

Favorite materials

wool, silk, alpaca, cotton, linen, silver, brass, gemstones, vintage, recycled, clay, beads, guitar picks

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About

As a child, I would watch my very talented grandmother and mother spend hours perfecting the design of their latest creation such as a quilt used for warmth on a cold
winter’s night later turned into wall art or a beautiful gown (complete with crystals) for my first prom. Paying attention to detail and craftsmanship were lessons learned at an early age.

My mother loved accessorizing! This was easy to see when visiting her home but was even more evident in her selection of clothing accessories – hats, scarves, purses,
shoes and of course, jewelry. I share this addiction with her. Although her style was strictly contemporary, I’m drawn to a mix of old and new, antique and abstract,
vibrant colors and unusual textures.

Being a teen in the ‘60’s opened the door to free spirited ideas and a more global influence in style. I attended the Fashion Institute in Atlanta during this time which also
sparked many new design concepts and a better understanding of style trends.

As an adult working with the architect and design community, my focus is still on color, pattern and design trends. But my true love is using these skills along with
inherited traits from the wonderful women in our family to create one-of-a-kind wearable art. Maybe it’s a big, bold necklace that makes a statement, or a soft silk scarf to add a pop of color to that perfect black dress. My hope is that it is worn with the best accessory, a smile!

My inspirations come from everyday life, but mainly nature. It could be the moss dangling from the wonderful old trees in Charleston, the beautiful colors of the Blue
Ridge Mountains or the sun reflecting on the water at Lake Lanier. It is forever changing and always one-of-a-kind. That is why I feel the need to make unique items
that reflect the feelings of the moment. My jewelry designs include unique and sometimes bold gemstones along with shells, European crystals, fresh water pearls
and wood. I also use silversmith techniques to incorporate silver and copper focal pieces into the jewelry. Lately I have been incorporating repurposed items such as leather, silk and vintage components into the designs. This would make my grandmother smile! She also influenced my love for yarn. She was a spinner and now
I have found making art yarn a relaxing and fun experience along with weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting and hand dyeing/painting silk scarves.

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