Blast from the past and Links….


Figure Types-circa fall 2004

Here’s a little blast from the past….  I started making a version of these back in school (you can see one of them in the gallery section of Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, Lark Books).  When we moved to Ch!na, I left so much behind—that could include simple things like recipes and craft supplies to complex things like relationships and inspirations that affect my work, all for an opportunity to live in a completely different culture.  There is a fine line of leaving too much or bringing too much with you.  If you’ve ever moved, you know it’s impossible to up-root and not leave a few strands still in the dirt.  On a bad day, this can make me a little sad.  On a good day, I kind of look at them like seeds, looking forward to what will bloom when I come back home.  So many wonderful things will be there–people, libraries, markets, my tools in storage and a million more things I’ve forgotten about.  It’s exciting and scary at the same time.  These little figures are made from dominos and typewriter keys.  I fabricated the limbs from sterling with vintage jewel embellishments.  My Indiana roots, make me no stranger to dusty flea markets and dear quirky vendors to haggle the day away with.  Thankfully, I’ve found places like that here…the only difference is dominos have transformed into mahjong tiles…and I haggle in Ch!nese. Jewelry Making 
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