Beads

Many Faces

As a gay, person of color, most of my life has been a game of translation. I looked at life (and myself) through the lens of others. In my most recent series of self-portraits, I seek to explore my identity…

BLOOM

BLOOM plays with the concept of natural flow as it permeates our world. I observe this flow in the natural, digital, and spiritual worlds. These worlds are merged by the hand to form a transcendental experience. Strings of silicone move…

Materia Remedium

Binding together the paradox of things absent with things present. We can never know what is absent, only the measure of it, as it haunts the place where it once existed.

Garden Reflections: Rain Forest

As a Metalsmith, my work deals with the passage of time. Using the imagery of transport, passage or renewal, it becomes a metaphor for navigating life. In this sculptural vessel, that journey is illuminated by sterling silver, pearls, nickel silver,…

Collective

The part of life that continues to fascinate me most is how human beings affect each other. I’m especially curious about the strength and beauty of the collective. What roles people will play, how they’ll interact, and what they’ll contribute…

XS011 with Removable Brooch

“I explore space, movement and surface by layering materials in intricate patterns. My mixed-media pieces are a marriage of image and object, adorning the wall and the body. Using traditional techniques in unexpected ways, I carve and drill through painted…

Dangle Earrings

Earrings crafted from recycled antique turquoise faceted beads. Capped with textured .925 silver disc beads suspended on .925 silver rolling mill tapered and forged ear wires.

Elliptical Necklace with Rocks

This necklace is fabricated using cold connections. It is made of anodized aluminum, photo-printed aluminum, beads and stainless steel wire. The necklace is one long piece, with no clasp, and slips over the head. There is no top or bottom,…

Charmed I’m Sure…and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of

From the series “Of Rust and Roses”, “Charmed, I’m Sure . . . and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of” is a sculptural charm garland that incorporates objects that physically and aesthetically represent Eastern North Carolina to me. It’s meant…

Object of Transition: Home #1

Creating work on loss has given me a unique perspective on compassion and enduring love. I am using my past work on the topic of mourning and the loss of my brother as a springboard to look deeply at what…

Wild Rose Necklace

I fabricated this necklace of 20K gold, dendritic gold nuggets, mammoth ivory beads, and raw emerald beads. Many of the natural dendritic nuggets look like leaves, so that was the inspiration for this piece. The wild roses bloom around solstice…

Second Thoughts II

My work questions the reaction to the failed or supplemented body. If it were not one of automatic recoil, how would our perceptions of the body differ, and to what societal effect? The work explores this through a series of…

In Honor of Her Honor

(1000 paper beads cut from the dissenting opinions of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) This piece is a lace collar/warrior breastplate comprised of 1000 paper beads cut from the dissenting cases of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is both a…

Fall Moon

My work is inspired by what I see around me every day and most days I see a body of water. This piece was inspired by the full November moon rising over Boston Harbor. The moon left a golden path…

Indigo and Marigold

This mixed materials necklace is a combination of hand crocheted silk bead forms and semi precious stone beads. I have dyed the silk with botanical dyes I have made from plants that I have grown or foraged. These special colors…

Beach House (Polly Pocket)

I long to return to my childhood bedroom. The objects I surrounded myself with held incredible value and informed the person I became. I hold on to these objects still, and treasure them with the utmost importance. These relics of…

Big Stripe Necklace

It’s no accident I make textile jewelry. I love color you can feel. And I’ve been sewing all my life. In high school I could start a dress in the morning and wear it that night on a date. I…

Epaulettes No. 01

Color Bound: born of a lengthy, notoriously unpredictable Bay Area commute, leaving me frequently in bumper to bumper traffic. Bored & scanning the stuff accumulated in the medians of the freeway, a rainbow of neatly bundled telecommunication wire in a…

Signs of Peace in the Midst of Rubble

Peace and hope can be shining through the rubble, but too often, we focus on the misery. To notice actions that foster hope and encourage peace, we have to look for them, or we will never know they are there…

Slipknot

The choice to render a simple nautical knot in beadwork draws the viewer’s attention to this overlooked but essential form. Tying knots is an early and elemental part of human evolution, one that proves its ubiquitous use to this day….

Everlasting Love Double Pendants

I designed a Child and Mother container necklace. I designed this shape inspired by bamboo. If you take off the bamboo shoot from the container, the bamboo shoot is also a necklace pendant. The lower part can be used to…

Draugr

I make talismanic objects for use in ritual mediation. This ring, Draugr, is meant to be worn and the gemstones rubbed to enter into a liminal meditative state. This process is similar to mala beads or rosary beads, intending to…

Diagnostic Earrings

Diagnostic Earrings are made from plastic armatures from used rapid antigen Covid tests, shrouded in monochrome lycra and embellished with beads. This work explores the gravity of throwaway objects that contain the possibility to grant or deny freedom. The somber…

Preciousness

In an anxious time, we are drawn to that which brings us meaning, comfort, and connection to others The work that I am sharing one of a collection of soft amulets that serve as tangible wishes, aspirations for the future,…

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