Inspired by the strength that carefully designed objects can give us, I aim to create jewelry that carries personal meaning or that acts like a private amulet. This meaning can come from within ourselves or from others - jewelry can remind us of who we are and what (and who) is important to us. Wearing unusual pieces in my job as a design professional somehow helps me step into my role of leader with more conviction.
I am drawn to forms inspired by nature and architecture and love the way that minimalism can embrace both. I'm fascinated with nature's complex systems and how they mirror what it means to be human. I keep coming back to seed pods, which nurture potential in their tiny armored enclosures.
I enjoy experimenting with unconventional materials, but still find the challenges of manipulating metal exhilarating. I make design choices that make my work labor intensive - thicker gauge metals, complex shapes, and meticulous finishes that elevate the final pieces. I value comfort and durability and use ethically sourced materials and sustainable practices wherever possible. I want to make jewelry that will you will love for many years to come.
I grew up wielding power tools and craft materials in Minnesota and have always been most happy making things. After completing a B.S. in Biology and a M.A. in Linguistics, I left to travel the world with a backpack and a camera. Five years later I returned to the U.S. with a deep respect for the diversity of experience and perspectives and an interest in how similarly we share our stories, no matter how we identify as humans.
I discovered the joy of working metal when I took a class at Barnsdall Art Center in Los Angeles, and have since received training from a number of master artisans at respected crafts institutions, including Mendocino Art Center, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. I have learned an enormous amount from the jewelry community, and am a proud member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California.
I live in LA where I am an executive creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering, having spent more than 20 years designing theme park attractions, specializing in virtual and interactive experiences. I love being surrounded by dedicated craftspeople, whether the subject is entertainment or metal work. I spend many of my weekends honing my metalsmithing skills.