I rely on jewelry formats as systems with which I analyze my environment. The historical, cultural threads that persist through jewelry allow me to place things into a context that can be both expressive and introspective. Much of my work pulls from nature and humankind’s relationship with it. This brooch, titled “Expect Rain,” was created as a reminder of balance. While we can look to spider webs to forecast stormy weather, the rain will nourish that which heals us. The gale-of-the-wind details are talismans of this sentiment. I craft art jewelry pieces to enable myself to process the exotic-to-me, southern Floridian landscape that I currently find myself in, while also digging into the roots of who I am as a maker.