My jewelry combines micro macramé knotting, Cavandoli knotting, double half-hitching, kumihimo, braiding, cord making and crochet of silk and nylon threads, using as many as 500 knots per square inch. As I was trained as a silversmith, I often use soldered wire armature and fabricate some of the clasps for one of a kind pieces. Many of my pieces are designed using semiprecious gemstones circular, rectangles or squares shapes, and beads with the knotting of silk and nylon thread.
While some of my pieces are one of a kind, labor of love involving many hours of design and execution. Others may have just five to ten knots, a zen statement, distilled to its essence like a haiku, yet still containing a signature.
I have been making jewelry out of thread and cord my whole life. At first, I sold my work wholesale to stores and galleries, then mostly at craft fairs. I also started teaching as well. The constant throughout has been thread and cord, so when the supply of bonded nylon cord got threatened, I had to step in the breach. I found a small company producing bonded nylon and opened an online store for my students and became an online ambassador helping ensure future supplies of cord and thread I like to work with. My online store opened in January 2006. It has since grown, and now includes a large selection of supplies and kits I have designed and created for DIYselfers and other professional artists. So now in addition to selling thread and cord online, I takes time to “play”, designing jewelry and developing new kits.
In addition I am also part of the Chico ART Festival team. That’s the small groupwho volunteer to make the festival possible. I have served as ChiVAA’s web designer and I have built this website from the ground up on a WordPress platform. This last couple of years I have also been by default the social media liason. I hope we find a volunteer to take over that task next year!