Southern summers are long and languid. My mother introduced my brother and me to the mysteries of the natural world. She showed us that close observation can reveal fascinating secrets, whether it is leaf veins, insect bodies, flower parts, or the cross-section of fruit with its characteristic pattern of seeds. I carried this childhood fascination into a graduate degree in Plant Anatomy and I use the marvelous textures and forms of the Plant Kingdom in all my jewelry pieces. Moving to Idaho 25 years ago opened up my vistas and inspired me to add elements of Western Style to my pieces. Today I use leather in many designs and my designs are bolder and more colorful. My artist self is the summation of my crazy life journey. Many aspects of my past botanical researcher, pastry chef, traveler, and nature-lover selves enrich the jewelry I create today.
My work blends traditional metalsmithing methods with nontraditional metal clay techniques to produce pieces variously combining silver, bronze, copper, and brass. I add gemstones and wire to these, and lots of leather. My line includes a comprehensive collection of pins, bolo ties, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces including fine silver and bronze chain bracelets, chain necklaces, and earrings. Many of my necklace designs involve leather cord or suede lace. Clasps are handmade, either from wire or sculpted in metal clay.
Directions – Turn west off Main Street onto Cedar Street (in Della View Subdivision). Take the second left onto Silver Star
Bangles, Baubles & Beads
1110 Silver Star Drive, Hailey