Brooklyn-based jewellery and knitwear designer. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and launched her first jewellery collection in 2010 closely following this she branched out into knitwear, using “antiquated” looms and sourcing organic yarn, to give her scarves and tops a handmade, earthy feel. Her jewellery is also sourced from scrap metal and electronic surplus.
Her inspirations cover a wide area from locals like West Africa to Native American textiles to the world around her including landscapes with which produce a range of ethnic patterns and simple shapes in her work. She includes the work of Lynda Bengalis as an influence and Richard Tuttle and Ron Nagles ceramics for colour, texture and West African influences.
She has a background in knitting but has produced a range of necklaces made from paperclips and painted leather bracelets.
I can admire her work for resusing materials and salvaging but I wouldn’t particularly want to wear any, not just for the fact I’m not that into jewellery but generally people accessorise based on what they are wearing and I doubt I’d ever be wearing anything that her jewellery can go with. The fact that something can be made from something as simple as a paperclip yet still attract a lot of attention is something different, her pieces, a bit like the textiles classes may be born from experimenting with certain materials then extended but I would never have considered before now that it would make something people would want to buy or wear.
I can’t say I’d take any inspiration from her except possibly using some of the same materials but I can’t think of any situation where I would be using them considering I don’t have much interest in jewellery or fashion.