Metalsmithing, jewelry, and the art of life.
I am a jewelry artist based in Denton, Texas.
In my work, I combine traditional metalsmithing techniques with crocheted and knitted metal to create airy, lacy designs in fine silver.
I have always (since the scissor-dress incident at age 4) made objects for adorning the body and draw inspiration from a variety of sources. I love the over-the-top aesthetic of haute couture designers like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen (may he rest in peace). I am inspired by transient beauty of flowers and the juxtaposition of strength and delicacy in ballet and dance.
Above all, I love to create and experiment, always seeking exciting ways to express the sensuality of silver on the body.
I earned my MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry design from the University of North Texas. I also studied Architecture at Yale University but realized that my true love was ornamenting bodies and not buildings and so returned to North Texas to pursue my passion.
In addition to working in the studio, I teach Metalwork and Jewelry Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. I have also taught Art Metals and Jewelry Design at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. I began my teaching career at North Central Texas College and worked to enhance the Metals Program and expand the focus of the program from small-metal casting to a broader range of metalsmithing techniques. I began teaching at UNT in the Fall of 2011 and enjoy the passion, creativity, and dedication that my students share each semester.