The title of my shop comes from the translation of the name of a very popular Chinese Herbal Formula. Xiao Yao San is commonly prescribed to aid the body in adapting to stress and is translated as "Free and Easy Wanderer" (or sometimes Traveler). Putting poetry in motion I want my jewelry, art, and other crafts to reflect that ease of mentality. Stress can be a killer but we are the loving operators of our minds and have the ability to manage and mediate how we respond to it. Creating is a largely meditative process for me and my pieces are a reflection of that.
Since I was a young child I have been enamored by shiny things. During my Masters studies in Chinese Medicine I returned to my childhood hobby of making beaded jewelry and took up watercolor painting as a way to cope with the stress of the rigorous academic demands. I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2016 and am now an Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner based in Vancouver, Washington. After graduation I did a course of clinical study abroad in Nanjing, China. Once I completed my externship at Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine I took some extra time to travel through China and Japan. I then hopped through Abu Dhabi on my way to Ireland then finally circumnavigated the globe by returning stateside. I arrived home for the holidays and then set off again to practice as an Acupuncturist onboard a Princess Cruises vessel sailing around Australia. During this time at sea I dearly missed my hobbies of beading and painting. Although I have weighed my anchor in the Pacific Northwest I look forward to many more adventures at home and abroad!
I use healing crystals and emphasize other natural materials in most of my work.