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I have always loved Asian art and the Art Nouveau era. What I didn’t realize was how closely connected they were to each other. The opening of Japanese and Asian cultures to the West in the late 19th century inspired the designers and artists of Europe to try new alternatives: dynamic lines, flat color patterns and stylized organic forms.

Needing a way to express my creativity, I came across a beautiful handbag made from vintage obi and kimono. Having no idea how to sew, I forged ahead, because I knew that I could create something of beauty. The use of these fabrics adorned with golden and silver threads, peacocks, streams and lush foliage gave me much to work with. It was as if the fabric spoke to me, giving me the ideas of how I should use them in my designs since I have an excellent eye for color and the ability to visualize the finished product before I began…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 16
  • Joined May 14, 2008

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Vintage jewelry, hand embroidered silk, vintage Czech glass, antique brass stampings for jewelry

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I have always loved Asian art and the Art Nouveau era. What I didn’t realize was how closely connected they were to each other. The opening of Japanese and Asian cultures to the West in the late 19th century inspired the designers and artists of Europe to try new alternatives: dynamic lines, flat color patterns and stylized organic forms.

Needing a way to express my creativity, I came across a beautiful handbag made from vintage obi and kimono. Having no idea how to sew, I forged ahead, because I knew that I could create something of beauty. The use of these fabrics adorned with golden and silver threads, peacocks, streams and lush foliage gave me much to work with. It was as if the fabric spoke to me, giving me the ideas of how I should use them in my designs since I have an excellent eye for color and the ability to visualize the finished product before I began.

As the handbag designs became more personal, I added different vintage pins or used antique beads and crystals. It reminded me of how much fun it was to create in a hands-on way. Thus began my new adventures into the art of jewelry making.

Since beginning this venture eight years ago I’ve had my work purchased by museums (The Dahesh in NYC, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Michener Museum in New Hope, PA) and carried by celebrities (Hillary Clinton, Jackie Collins, Katie Couric) and, they’ve shown up at numerous red carpet events (Sally Pressman & Tonya Tucker at the Emmy Awards, Lindsey Wagner at the TV Land Awards, and, Hillary Duff, Eva La Rue and Mrs. George Lopez at The National Kidney Foundation Beverly Hills fundraiser).

After doing numerous shows, I discovered that my neck and back could not stand up to dragging suitcases filled with my merchandise. As I lay flat on my back I decided that since I enjoyed adorning the handbags and had a plethora of vintage jewelry, I would try designing my own, using the broken parts, pieces and beads from my collection. Self taught in making jewelry, I played with all my supplies until I came up with my own designs favoring Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. My jewelry shows my inspirations. I obsessively purchase vintage beads and findings and work into the night creating OOAK (One-of-a Kind) jewelry. Even when I try copying an old piece, having all the right parts, it comes out entirely different. It's fascinates me that sometimes I am surprised at the piece when finished. I do not plan ahead. I just let myself be inspired.

I hope you love the pieces as much as I do when creating them. The fact that much of my supplies are vintage appeals to me as a way to upcycle and recycle art.

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