My pandemic story is about refitting my back office into a workplace for fabricating mini fiberworks using found objects, intriguing materials and eclectic stitching.
The sudden shutdown necessitated that I use what I had at hand.
The desire to escape permitted me to lose myself in the labor and process of creating meticulously crafted gems.
I continue to play and add new techniques. Current favorites include sculptural crochet with wire, embroidery, and mini tapestry weaves.
Fascinated with combining hard and soft, I experiment with metalsmithing and stitch. I mean who wouldn't fall in love with french knots in copper?
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If you're interested in learning how to create your own jewelry, please visit my teaching page for upcoming workshops.
Rose Buds – $140
Wool, metallic thread, wire, glass beads. Copper ear wires sewn in to cover the ear lobe. 3.5x1.75 in
Charmed #1 is a necklace of wire links laden with a multitude of fiber charms and found objects. The back cord is two layers of silk ribbon that sandwich wool felt and then edge stitched with cotton thread. The charms are created from lace and women’s clothing patterns before being embellished with stitch, beads, weaving and crochet. The circumference of the full necklace is 40 inches.
Charmed #2 is an adjustable necklace with hand wrought copper links of varying sizes with a multitude of fiber charms and found objects. The charms include a large Owl embroidery salvaged from an old pillow, weaves, fiber motifs, found objects like puzzle pieces, monocle and keys etc. There is an S-hook that allows for an assortment of lengths depending on how you want the charms to hang. Attach end to end for a 39 in. length. Or overlap and double up chains for a shorter look.
Charmed #3 is a necklace of white wire links with a multitude of fiber charms and found objects. The adjustable band is a silk ribbon that attaches to the end links. The charms are created from lace and women’s clothing patterns, artificial flowers, doll house furniture and more. The circumference of the full necklace is 32 inches as shown and can extend longer or shorter as desired.
Tapestry #1 is a handwoven tapestry stitched within a copper frame. This mini scale weave is inspired by the work we do in our Improvisational Weave workshops using homemade looms of cardboard and combs. The crude tools help us to avoid the preciousness of traditional technique. The braided cotton cord measures 19 inches end to end. The tapestry pendant including frame is 3.25x2 inches.
Copperheads is a pin crocheted with linen tape over jute and wire then embellished with tiny metal brass seed beads originate from Africa. The form is inspired by traditional Irish Crochet motifs. It attaches with a vintage pearl hat pin found in my collection. It measures 5x6x2 inches.
Sparkle Spire is a pin, created with sculptural crochet and inspired by the techniques and forms of traditional Irish Crochet. Silk strips from a woman’s blouse are crocheted over jute and wire, embellished with faceted glass beads and embroidered with paper yarn. It attaches with a sturdy nickel pinback and measures 5x5.5 inches.
Brass Doily is a necklace with a handwoven cord from scraps of women’s blouses. The abstracted doily design is inspired by a lace fragment from my large scorpion sculpture named ‘Stinger’. It is handpierced from brass sheet and attached with handmade findings. The cord is 30 inches from end to end and the doily measures 3.25x3 inches not including large jumpring.