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Living things transform in beautiful and haunting ways throughout their existence, becoming stronger or more fragile than before. These jewelry pieces are inspired by the physical and psychological change that occurs with the passing of time. By imagining another reality in which animals show signs of aging in unusual ways, I explore both the appealing and destructive results of this process. Birds unravel like ribbons as they grow older, until they completely become undone. Fish dry up overtime; the surfaces of their bodies cracking apart like riverbeds during a drought. Frogs slowly thaw like icicles on a warm day, their skin succumbing to gravitational pull.

Lately, these visual metaphors I create about time and its impact on living things have evolved into commentary on climate change and the destructive impact it is having on all living things. The hope of inspiring discussion about this topic with a broader audience is why I continue to make wearable work; jewelry’s presence on the body enables the wearer to make a public statement and spark dialog in all kinds of social settings.

Become Undone: The Whale
nylon, acrylic
neckpiece
Become Undone: The Whale
nylon, acrylic
neckpiece
Become Undone: Garden Snail
Nylon, Gold-plated Brass, Acrylic
Brooch
2017
Become Undone: Garden Snail
nylon, acrylic, gold-plated brass
Become Undone: Snails (series)
nylon, acrylic, gold-plated brass
brooch
Become Undone: Mirrored Giraffe I
Nylon, Metal Leaf
Neckpiece
Become Undone: Mirrored Giraffe
nylon, acrylic, gold leaf
neckpiece
Dry Up: The Garden Snake
nylon, acrylic, dye
neckpiece
Dry Up: The Garden Snake
nylon, acrylic, dye
neckpiece
Dry Up: Garden Snake (Attacking)
nylon, acrylic
neckpiece
Dried Up: Garden Snake (Attacking)
Nylon, Acrylic
Neckpiece
Snake Choker: Black
Nylon, Acrylic
Snake Choker: Gold
Nylon, Acrylic, Metal Leaf
Dry Up: Tropical Fish
nylon, acrylic, sterling silver
brooch
Dry Up: Anchovy
nylon, acrylic, sterling silver
brooch
Tangled Up: The Hare
nylon, acrylic
brooch
Tangled Up: The Hare
Nylon, Acrylic
Brooch
2017
Tangled Up: Grey Mouse
Nylon, Acrylic, Sterling Silver, Steel
Brooch
Tangled Up: Black Mouse
Nylon, Acrylic, Sterling Silver, Steel
Brooch
Tangled Up: White Mouse
Nylon, Acrylic, Sterling Silver, Steel
Brooch