Antiquity, Nature, Wabi-Sabi
Primitive antiquity, the wild spirit of nature, and tranquility of form inspire me. I’m interested in form, shape, and texture, and in connecting art to nature and primitive antiquity. I’m fascinated by ancient Roman, Greek, and Celtic jewelry; primitive stone animal carvings; rock cairns; minimalism; wabi-sabi; and Zen design. I study how ancient jewelry was made, and incorporate both its techniques and its spirit into my designs.
I had a childhood of playing in the fields and forests in Minnesota. In the dirt and grass, in piles of fall leaves and in snow. Becoming an adult in modern society severs childhood connections to the earth. So, I am fascinated with things that are ancient. The way ancient goldsmiths made jewelry. The marks of finger prints. Roughness. Unevenness. Sanded. Antique cut gems. Organic Forms. The sense that a human being made this piece of jewelry, using tools she made herself, taking her time. Things with a form and a history behind them. Of a place within a culture. A sense of belonging.