Artist's Statement: I've been making jewelry for over a decade. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Art and English in 2001. That year I met renowned jewelry artist, Celie Fago and became her apprentice and teaching assistant. For 9 years I accompanied her in her travels around the country and abroad.
I've sold my work at craft shows and in galleries across Vermont and been included in exhibits in the US, UK and Japan. My work has been featured in top jewelry magazines and several books; and made the cover of the Lark book "Stitched Jewels".
I love what I do and feel very lucky to being doing it!
Artist's Method: I try to put a contemporary spin on ancient designs, as I'm influenced by both ethnic artifacts and current fashion trends. I'm fascinated by the way things are put together: patched, hinged, riveted, stitched, wrapped and often incorporate such connections in my pieces. I gather inspiration from a pattern on a textile; the texture of a leaf; beautiful, old rusty things. My designs fuse old and new, industrial and natural, urban and ethnic. Comfort is another thing I take into consideration, rings must be smooth inside and earrings are lightweight.
The JK symbol that I use is not only my initials, it is also the Chinese symbol for "Forever".