When you put on a piece of jewelry it says something about your personality, and the quality you value. Whether it is an heirloom piece, a high quality gemstone, a symbol, or sustainable jewelry, what you wear shows the world who you are. My designs focus on sustainability, and an artistic aesthetic that values bringing out the beauty and confidence of the wearer.
My work is driven by a strong sense of environmental and social responsibility instilled in me since childhood. I create one of a kind jewelry pieces that encourage positive environmental changes — within the jewelry industry, and for the planet.
When I was five years old my grandmother gave me a huge box of plastic beads. I fell in love with these tiny objects that came in so many shapes and colors. A few years later I started to teach myself to weave with tiny beads on a loom. I spent the next ten years teaching myself traditional bead weaving techniques from all over the world. I started selling this beaded jewelry at 16 and decided to go to college for jewelry design.
While working towards my Fine Art Degree I became aware of the environmental and humanitarian issues created by the jewelry and fashion industry. I could not reconcile being a jeweler and contributing to these issues, so I decided to create jewelry that focuses on bringing awareness to how our actions – what we wear, buy, and throw in the trash – affect the entire planet.
My sculptural jewelry pieces are functional, comfortable, wearable art. They are not only beautiful in and of themselves, but my hope is the wearer will feel beautiful, confident, and proud to be participating in promoting sustainability. Each piece is created to promote consciousness, and educate viewers on the negative environmental and humanitarian impacts of the “material”
My fold n stitch line is made from recycled silver and uses my self taught bead weaving skills in unique ways. They are everyday wearable statements that support a the shift towards a sustainable jewelry industry.
Green Studio Practices
I have made many conscious choices in the jewelry techniques I employ in my studio in order to have a low impact on the environment. This includes using recycled metals, natural chemicals, solar power, found objects I “save” from an untimely demise the land fill, recycled packaging, and much more. I use vintage or sustainably and ethically mined stones when possible.
If you are interested in creating a personalized piece of jewelry, and being part of the design process, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditional Bead Weaving & Repairs
If you would like to commission a traditional woven seed bead piece or need repairs done to an heirloom piece please email me at email@example.com
2016 GreenSmith, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA
2014 Fusion: Collision/Integration, ACCI Gallery, Berkley, CA
2014 GreenSmith, Gallery 1 Artisan, Brisbane, Australia
2014 Play It Again Sam, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2014 A Fashion Statement – Art to Wear, Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
2013 Artist in Residency Year End Show, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
2012-13 Artist Residency, Mendocino Art Center
2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Jose State University, San Jose CA
McClean, Jennifer, “Wearable Art,” Featuring Magazine, Issue #4, 2013 (30-34)
Schaefer, Stephanie, “101 for the Money: How Jewelers Capitalize on Kickstarter,” JCK Magazine, May 2013 (188-192)