PASSAGE | Beauty in motion, steadfast nurturing love and new beginnings
The timing of my new collection couldn’t be more relevant than right now. Our strength, resilience, and ability to shift, grow and adapt have been tested, internally and globally. We’re survivors, adapting, counting our blessings, finding the silver linings and the good in our hearts and each other. Mountains have been climbed; hurdles crossed, obstacles moved aside.
We are strong. Resilient. Unstoppable.
Like droplets of water, spilling, flowing quickly, or dripping with careful, poised intention. The teardrop is a powerful motif of duality.
It symbolizes tears shed; it also represents fluidity and our ability to evolve, adapt and transform.
Water is a celebration of life and resilience. Neverending, ever-flowing. Like life, droplets ebb and flow, navigating obstacles. Sometimes with ease and sometimes in a torrent.
We don’t always know what lies ahead, but with elegant intention we adapt.
The beautiful teardrop shape is fluid and eternal, forming a closed circuit representing continuity, change, and growth.
The circle. Eternal life. No beginning and no end. It symbolizes our steadiness, resilience, and solid foundation.
We question our ability to adapt and flow with calm pursuit, even while we’re doing it. We seek answers from within while the continuum of life inspires our endless need to grow, evolve and begin again.
The circle form is comforting and reassuring; with grounding energy, it reminds us that we’re sure-footed, optimistic, and hopeful.
How a Collection Comes to Life
- When an idea forms in my mind, my first step is to reach for my sketchbook and work out the details. Often I know exactly how I want each piece to look, and sometimes new ideas come to me while I’m drawing.
- When I’m satisfied with the direction of the collection in sketch form, I begin making a model of each piece using Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC is an eco-friendly material made of recycled silver. When kiln-fired, it becomes a solid piece of metal.
- Next, I take my model to the caster, who is the second-generation owner of a foundry in the iconic jewelry city of Providence, Rhode Island.
- At the foundry, a mold and a wax model are made. Each design is then cast in reclaimed solid sterling silver and bronze using the ancient lost-wax casting technique.
- When I receive the finished pieces back from the caster, I clean, polish, and finish with chains for the necklaces and ear wires for the earrings.
- Often, in this last phase of designing, I revisit, change and create more designs as I adjust lengths, add beads and combine my cast components to make the final designs!