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You owned a bead shop?"

Why, yes. Let me explain. I first made a beaded bracelet when I was 10 years old and attached it to my hand-made "Cabbage Patch" doll in 1986 (The bracelet is still on the doll). Mom and dad were always fixing things and taught me how to use hand tools at a young age. Dad taught the family how to put together circuit boards and solder in the components. (He owns an electronic store in NJ) After a family dinner, we would assemble circuit boards. (I thought every family did this.)

I continuted to repair and make beaded jewelry through high school, selling some items at the Jersey Shore and repairing antique jewelry for a local antique store. I took private water color lessons through high school. I went to college thinking I would major in advertising or graphic design, (pleasing all of the "You are going to…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 1
  • Joined March 24, 2008

Favorite materials

pencil, paper, sterling, beads

About

You owned a bead shop?"

Why, yes. Let me explain. I first made a beaded bracelet when I was 10 years old and attached it to my hand-made "Cabbage Patch" doll in 1986 (The bracelet is still on the doll). Mom and dad were always fixing things and taught me how to use hand tools at a young age. Dad taught the family how to put together circuit boards and solder in the components. (He owns an electronic store in NJ) After a family dinner, we would assemble circuit boards. (I thought every family did this.)

I continuted to repair and make beaded jewelry through high school, selling some items at the Jersey Shore and repairing antique jewelry for a local antique store. I took private water color lessons through high school. I went to college thinking I would major in advertising or graphic design, (pleasing all of the "You are going to college to make jewelry?" skeptics) but I kept taking jewelry electives. I changed my major to silversmithing and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1998 with a BFA in Crafts and minor in Art Education.

I never saw my life any other way and love making art and jewelry. I also loved to repair customers jewelry because their jewelry is always so rich in history, memory, and emotion.

I opened Silver Wings Studio in 2002 and closed it in 2011. It was a great time! Check out some photos of the store www.silverwingsjewelry.com

I have been teaching drawing to children and adults for 10 years. The teaching experience opened up my love of drawing as a form of communication. Not only can I explain my needs without words, but I can express my emotions too.

I have been drawing tattoo designs for myself and friends for years. It is as rewarding as making personal jewelry for my customers--possibly more (they can't take off the tattoos!)
There is not a day that goes by that I don't study tattoos or draw tattoos. I would love for my tattoo designs to become a part of your life.

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