I moved to Sweden out of high school and spent several years working and studying languages, primarily Swedish, German and French. At that time, I was introduced to the native Sami culture's jewelry, which included their bracelets made of reindeer skin and a fine silver/pewter twine. After I moved to Arizona in 2000 I became fascinated with the Native American jewelry I saw in the museums and stores there.
In 2003, I began creating jewelry as a way to relax and unwind from working in a high-paced, corporate, financial institution. After being laid off at the beginning of the recession in 2007, I returned to school to study graphic design and visual communications. While at school, I continued my craft of bead-weaving, using my newly found skills in design to create never-before-seen jewelry. After graduation, in 2011, I decided to pursue jewelry design full-time. My shows began locally and were mostly street markets and holiday shows. Now, I show my jewelry in museum gift stores, small boutiques and galleries and I travel out-of-state almost every month for a new show, continually pushing my creative portfolio. Dwindling inventory and millions of beads wait for new creations.
The process of bead-weaving is very slow and I yield only a few pieces in a week. I use high quality Japanese glass beads, plated in various metals, including 24kt Gold, Palladium, Sterling Silver, Bronze, and many other colors and finishes to create bracelets, rings, pendants, necklaces, barrettes, chokers and earrings. Requests have been made for watches...stay tuned!
And now I am thrilled to offer classes in jewelry making at Cloud 9! Come join me for a fun, meditative and affirming passion for making jewelry!