jeweler, I work to create items that are old and new at the same
time - current but timeless. As a beadmaker, I work to create
items that challenge me, that cover new ground. The opposition
of these goals can introduce a new sense of tension and
excitement. That's what my work is about: walking that line
between classic (and therefore wearable jewelry) and the new (so
we can express our individuality). Some of my most popular
jewelry lines are like that. They can blend into the 'background
of you', or help push you into the spotlight. "Cased
Daisy" is sweet, simple, classic - but also slightly
flower-child - which side do you want to show today? The
dichroic glass earrings glimmer in your long hair if it's down,
or light up your whole face if you wear your hair short. The
sputniks just make me smile!
"Maltese Star" line I am most proud of. This is a
shape of bead I know is "mine"; that is to say, it is
not a classic shape, nor is it copied from another beadmaker.
Similar to songwriters using the same seven notes to come up
with new original songs, most beadmakers use the same classical
techniques as they strive to create a bead they can call their
own. The Maltese Star is my Signature Bead, and indeed, each is
signed with my initials. I use sterling silver or gold vermeil
Bali beads and findings in much of my work. I feel the
Indonesian silversmiths are some of the most talented in the
world, and I love the 'new-antique' feel they give the jewelry.
I also favor new and antique cut glass beads, including old 'vaseline'
glass that glows in black light. Some pieces incorporate
semi-precious stones, or pearls. And occasionally I use charms
made of silver, or pewter, or other metals. I do not know why we
are driven to create, but I have work to do! ~Jenny