I was born in Columbus, educated in the Columbus Schools, and a graduate of The Ohio State University. I hold a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Jewelry and metal smithing.
I taught Art in the Columbus Schools for 25 years, grades six through twelve.
What I make:
Cuffs and bracelets made from up cycled leather belts, neck pieces from repurposed buckles and re claimed leather, rings from belt loops and found objects, Eco friendly.
What makes them unique:
Using up cycled, re claimed
materials creates many one of a kind pieces. They are small works of wearable
art, a painting, relief sculpture, or a collage.
What inspires me:
The art of other cultures, different styles of art, and the materials I use.
The hunt for materials
My materials come from thrift stores, garage sales, friends and sometimes
my customers. These items are sorted, cut, taken apart, and organized.
Creating a piece
This is determined by many different factors, it may be the shape of a
piece of leather, an interesting buckle or the color of the material.
I don't sketch an idea, I play with the materials, arranging them, adding
and taking away pieces until I feel it is finished.
I started my business in December 2010.