I’m a retired middle school teacher, born and
raised on the banks of the Ohio River and always enjoyed weird and wild jewelry, footwear and clothing. It seemed to make my students pay a little extra attention to what I was presenting in class. I’ve been published in trade
magazines and journals and my first book came out in 2007. I’ve been an elected official most of my adult life in one form or another. My undergrad degree is from Marshall University and my varied Master’s Degrees are from Ashland University.
I create across many venues of accessories and clothing, but
primarily now doing jewelry and unusual household décor pieces. I consider my creations as totally unique and I never duplicate any piece, for any reason. I incorporate vintage/antique items with contemporary pieces and if it’s small enough, I’ll make something out of it! I’m totally a mixed media, found objects artist who dabbles in using as many “experienced” items as I can. It might be assemblage or collage, etc. My middle name should have been Altered. I put together what my mind sees as a finished product. The end result is always fascinating to me, and when I start a piece, I never know exactly what it will look like when finished. Inspiration comes from the baubles and knick knacks I find primarily at antique malls/stores
and flea markets, and it truly comes from what I see in my own mind, which hubby thinks is often scary!
I began in 1995 after looking at some of the unusual pieces I’d bought to
wear and decided to give it a try myself. Lo and behold, I was able to create
the sort of things that I myself liked to have, but were often hard to find.
There’s something about wearing a piece that is a one of a kind that I’ve always enjoyed, and I gear my art to the Avant, Gypsy, Bohemian mind set. I’ve incorporated Steampunk, Goth, Altered Art, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Edwardian touches into my baubles. I started my business to address the difficulty in finding true, one of a kind items. The rest, as they say, is history.
I’d like folks to know that even at age 68, creation of very unusual pieces is still the sweet spot that I go to several hours a day. And, if I can do my “art” never having realized until a few years ago that I had any talent, anyone who aspires to create should do so. It's a true balm. And...age has no limit on having pink hair.