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ABOUT ME:
I am an artist and "Mama" to an amazing kiddo.

I am never lacking for inspiration in this fascinating, funny, strange, and beautiful world, especially through the lens of autism (my little boy and I both have Asperger's Syndrome).

I find great joy in working with the speed bumps (and occasional road blocks) of multiple physical disabilities. I found my art when my body decided that it wouldn't function behind a desk and on a more traditional schedule. That dramatic change opened some unexpected doors, and I walked through one of them and taught myself silversmithing and jewelry design, building on my love of film and photography and playing with light.

Please enjoy the magic & joy I have captured just for you.

ABOUT MY DESIGNS:…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 7
  • Joined November 28, 2006

Favorite materials

beads, glass, wire, silver, aluminum, wood, lucite, paper, glue, resin, vintageplastics, gemstones, bakelite

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About

ABOUT ME:
I am an artist and "Mama" to an amazing kiddo.

I am never lacking for inspiration in this fascinating, funny, strange, and beautiful world, especially through the lens of autism (my little boy and I both have Asperger's Syndrome).

I find great joy in working with the speed bumps (and occasional road blocks) of multiple physical disabilities. I found my art when my body decided that it wouldn't function behind a desk and on a more traditional schedule. That dramatic change opened some unexpected doors, and I walked through one of them and taught myself silversmithing and jewelry design, building on my love of film and photography and playing with light.

Please enjoy the magic & joy I have captured just for you.

ABOUT MY DESIGNS:
My work is a love letter to the jewels cherished by many of our mothers and grandmothers... It is a modern translation, incorporating vintage materials in modern settings for a look that’s all you.

Various forms of plastics (now considered vintage) were once used to replicate rare and exotic natural elements in costume jewelry.

Today, I use vintage plastics (typically Bakelite/Catalin and Lucite) and vintage (and occasionally antique) glass combined with sterling and fine silver settings to create heirloom pieces with a modern edge.

I am most drawn to designing pieces involving contrast- most of the pieces in my line combine a natural and a man-made material (silver and Lucite, example). I love playing with light, and framing it with dark. Many of my pieces with translucent components are created to reflect light in a playful and warm glow.

All settings are handmade from raw materials by me with the assistance of a saw, flame, and various other hand tools.


Please note: We only have one Earth. It's important to me to use primarily reclaimed/recycled raw sterling silver sources, vintage plastics and vintage glass, and other components from ethically aware suppliers, whenever possible. I proudly practice environmentally gentle techniques in my studio.

ABOUT THE NAME: CLEVERGIRL
I strive to be clever in all aspects of my life- whether with "around the house" problem solving or in my creations. The gears are always turning...

**All creations are made, stored, and packaged in a smoke-free, pet-free (due to our allergies) environment...**

I'm a proud member of the following Etsy teams:
ETSY FOR AUTISM- a team of artists who have some sort of connection to Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have Asperger's Syndrome and so does my son.

CREATEABILITY TEAM: We are a group of artists and sellers either with disabilities ourselves, or caregivers of disabled people in our private lives, who may use art and Etsy as "therapy" and our link to network with others. Create + Ability = Createability!

OLD TIME ETSY - a team of artists who joined Etsy in the early years (2005-2007)

Here's my blog!
http://beclever.wordpress.com/
Follow me on Twitter!
http://twitter.com/cleverindie

My other usernames here on Etsy are supply and lawnninja....

I do have a mailing list to announce Clevergirl news and exclusive promotions.
You can join here: http://eepurl.com/fbyT

Come visit me on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/cleverindie

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