HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL OF YOU!
I am an artist based in Everett, Washington state, specializing in unique pieces of jewelry. I have always enjoyed jewelry. As a child growing up in Africa, I didn't get much of a chance to own or wear it. It just wasn't important in my family and, well, with four kids in my family, jewelry for little girls just was not factored into the family budget. I actually did manage to build up a small hoard of trinkets, often well worn, sometimes broken, the "gifts" from friends who didn't want them anymore. That was then!
Today, I love to wear beautiful jewelry and to find pieces that reflect who I am and to enhance what I'm wearing. While I enjoy wearing jewelry it didn't occur to me that I could design and create it myself! I was too busy focusing as a teacher and then administrator in an education career. After 25 years as an educator, my journey led me to another passion I always wanted to have...a designer.
One day, on impulse, I bought some beads, wire, and jewelry tools at the store and began to design and make jewelry. I sold several pieces at a garage sale. Friends who saw my work loved it too, buying their favorite designs on the spot. They told me I had to make my work available to others. That was in 2011 and I still love it!
I take a piece of stone, shell, wood etc., or whatever inspires me at that moment, I wire them into gorgeous one-of-a kind pieces of stunning jewelry. I don't just use "boring" silver wire, but to enhance each piece I wire on the wire, luminous pearls, elegant beads and/or other facets that make the piece "pop". As a result, the pendants and earrings I create almost design themselves around personalities. Some pieces seem to flow together in a harmony of color and shape, while others make a bold, bright, unusual and daring statement.
Often, after a few moments of conversation with someone, I can tell which of my jewelry was made for that person. I'm quite often I am right. It's as though I was thinking about that person when I was making that piece. I love the moment when someone finds exactly what they are looking for. THUS, EACH PENDANT IS " UNIQULEY DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU,"
I am constantly coming up with new ideas for pendants and earrings. When people visit my booth at shows, markets, fairs etc, I enjoy working with them to find the right piece, even altering an existing pendant or set of earrings or developing a new piece entirely with input from the customer. Together we come up with something that is just exactly right I love what I do! I invite you to browse my collection and find something that was designed just for you!