In Lost & Found Objects I couple discarded bits from daily life and create new, funky, sometimes funny, jewelry. I also make collage from my own handmade paper and found objects. I get a charge out of using things overlooked and under appreciated by others. I have been working with recycled materials for over 20 years, at first because i had no money and then later (even though i still have no money) because that is all that interests me. I think i like the extra challenge of working with what is available and i congratulate myself on finding uses for things normally thrown away.
I get really excited about finding a resource that is abundant! and figuring out a good way to reuse it. I have been collecting bits of this and that, old junk drawer kind of stuff, broken things, shiny things, stuff I find on the street while walking. There is nothing like the patina of a partially rusted, partially shiny smashed bottle cap or piece of metal - run over by cars with the pavement texture ground into it. Yeah!! <:0)
The metal from soda pop cans are my current passion. All my items are well washed and sealed if need be:) In my neckpieces i combine lost keys, worn buttons, seashells, small toys, vintage costume jewelry and hardware with interesting semiprecious stone and glass beads - redeeming these objects for a new life. Hung on adjustable black rubber cords, it is my hope that the juxtaposition of the precious with the mundane will cause you the wearer to smile as much as it did me when I created it.
I studied Art at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL where I received a MFA in Fibers and Art History. I teach metalsmithing at the University of Southern IN and for over a decade and a half, I have directed an arts program at Patchwork Central in inner city Evansville, IN. I enjoy making art with the children from the neighborhood, who often bring me cool items they find themselves in walking through our city’s streets. I like to feel I am helping to create a new generation of redeemers who will look at life in new creative ways. 10% of the proceeds form my shop goes to support free art programs for inner city kids at Patchwork Central. See www.patchwork.org for more information.
I also have had the fun of working with a women's craft cooperative in Honduras, Central America, where ladies make handmade paper and jewelry.