have a vintage soul. I love the individuality of found objects. They
hold sweet memories of childhood, pleasant, homey, comfortable longings
for a time and a place no longer attainable but through my imagination.
I like my jewelry to be one of a kind, and evocative of that place in
time long past.
from California, I grew up as a Navy brat and now reside at the Jersey
Shore. As a child, we moved every 2 years, so I've traveled a lot, have
seen much culture, diversity, and have experienced things that others
will never see. I think that lifestyle plays into who I am creatively,
and how I see myself as a free-spirited, gypsy type of soul. I've always
had to outsmart the feeling of being an "outsider" and make
my niche. I've learned how to occupy my time when i didn't have many
friends and that usually consisted of some form of art.
my mid-twenties, I suffered a horrible, life-altering experience, when
my older son, Tucker (then age 16 months), suffered a traumatic brain
injury due to medical malpractice. Now age 20, he is 100% dependent
on care from my husband and me. My despair, anguish and grief over this
traumatic event is what propelled me into the art world and taught me
to do the thing I love most, which is to create. My grief has been hard,
but has also helped me embark on a new journey in life.
things as gifts and home decor led to displaying my work in art shows.
It was at one of these shows that a woman put a name to my work: "altered
art." I'd never heard the term before, nor realized that other
people like to alter things. This was exciting!
there I found art retreats and dreamed about attending them, but didn't.
Then one day I mentioned one of them to my husband, who surprised me
by saying, "You should go." So I did - and that was it - I
was hooked! I began making online friends who were so similar to me,
it really opened a whole new world to me. Slowly I have progressed from
classes, to blogging, to etsy, many yahoo groups, a website of my own,
and now teaching.
Ive twice been published in
Belle Amoire Jewelry, and once in Altered Couture - both
popular, internationally-distributed magazines.
goal as a teacher is to support, motivate and inspire others. Ive
taught at Art-n-Soul
in Portland, Art-is-You
in Connecticut, Gilding
the Lily in Fullerton, California, Art
Opera in New Jersey, a soldering
workshop series in Columbus, Ohio at Alley Beads, and at Art
in the Rough (Navel Jelly Studios), Maine.
Im excited to announce that I am the newest design team member
in my studio every day and I consider this my full time job. Creating
is a drug to me. It keeps me sane. I'm passionate about what I do. Through
my blog, I've met many women who tell me I inspire them. This fills
my soul with joy, that I, this grief-stricken girl, can refocus that
sadness into inspiration and help other women. It brings me vitality,
so I've come full circle.
a lot of energy. Drawing inspiration from my life experiences as the
mother of a severely disabled child, I channel that energy into learning
and creating art. Experimenting with "reclaimed discardia"
results in many unique pieces of storytelling art. I like to be busy
and am rarely ever idle! I also tend to get bored quite easily, so one
day I might make jewelry, the next day do a mosaic piece, then onto
a painting or an assemblage.
than including a FAQ in these pages, I will share with you the question
I hear most often from people who see my work: "Where do you find
the different types of things you use in your work?" The answer
is that I mostly go to flea markets and scour through lots of junk,
looking for items that would be fun to use in jewelry. Sometimes I find
something and it will cost me next to nothing. Other times, I'll pay
a little more for something. In general though, flea markets are less
expensive than antique stores.
my blog to see what I'm
up to most recently. You'll also find announcements of upcoming
workshops and new pieces placed for sale in my Etsy
Shoppe. If you're a Facebooker, I love to make new friends! Find
me at Lemoncholy's