Tell us about yourself, including what you do & how you got there.
My days of making jewelry probably started as soon as I could tie a knot. I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets as a kid - I must have made them for everyone in my family. Then, as I got a little older, I started making jewelry as a hobby with my mother. In high school, I even took a few jewelry-making classes and I loved it. Funny enough though, it wasn't until I started graduate school studying childhood education that I more seriously got into making wire-wrapped jewelry. At that time I wanted something fun and relaxing I could do for myself when I was not writing papers. So, I bought a couple books and taught myself. I really don't know how I found time for it, but I think it helped me get through grad school.
Tell us about your jewelry line & your design style. What do you draw inspiration from?
The inspiration for my jewelry comes from a combination of the natural beauty of Maine, where I spent my childhood, and the vibrancy of living in New York City. My line reflects this in both the colors and materials that are used. This collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leather, weaved wool and cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Boho with clean lines yet intricate attention to detail.
Where are your pieces made?
All of the jewelry in my collection is handmade by myself at my home studio in New York City.
What's the most difficult challenge you've faced as a jewelry designer?
Honestly, I'd probably have to say marketing and promotion of my jewelry. It's one thing to make a collection, but if no one knows about it nothing is ever going to come of it.