I create jewelry that tells a story. Each piece consists of found and vintage objects that I have discovered while on treasure hunts through estate sales and antiques market in the US and in Europe. I might use watch gears, chains from an old necklace, part of a belt buckle, a brass tag… The worn parts and patina of age are what inspires me. And collecting, organizing, and passion all come together for me in my work. My found object jewelry and assemblage art started in 2007 as “Heartwings” – upcycled pendants created using vintage spice and tea and tobacco tins.
On my treasure hunts for tins I found myself gathering watch gears to add to my pieces. The inner works of clocks and watches have always seemed magical to me. When the word “Steampunk” was used to describe my jewelry pieces, I knew I had to add more of the brass clock and watch parts to my creations.
My jewelry has been described as a mixture of fun and funky; an altered image of a distant past. Recycling and repurposing clock gears and the inner workings of watches into my found object jewelry allows me to create romantic yet industrial stories.
Originally from California, I consider myself an example of today’s modern Renaissance woman. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design from Woodbury University. I’ve worked in diverse mediums including leather (creating the leather teepees for the movie “Dances with Wolves”), basketry, clothing design and manufacturing, and for 15 years – mural art and decorative painting. My work has been featured in juried art and craft shows and galleries in Oregon and other western states. I’ve been published in Somerset Studio Magazine, Paint Décor, The Artistic Stenciler, as well as The Oregonian and The Bend Bulletin.
In addition to jewelry design, I’ve owned my professional organizing business, The Art of Organizing, for over 9 years where I work with my clients to find solutions and create systems to simplify and organize their lives, homes and offices.
I am a member of:
- Portland Art Collective
- Left Coast Artist Collective
- National Association of Professional Organizers, and
- Connect to Success PDX.
My “jewelry with a tale to tell” can be purchased at Thea’s Vintage Living in The Pearl and at Anne Bocci Boutique in Multnomah Village. It has been featured in the television series Portlandia Season Two. At the 2013 Portland Fashion and Style Awards I was voted Best Accessory Designer “People’s Choice”.