The art work I create is the expression of my traditional French
background, life experiences and love of nature and color. My talents, from
early painting to my current jewelry work, have evolved without any art
education or influence resulting in pieces that are unique in the world of
wearable art jewelry. What started as restringing a broken necklace evolved
into works that get comments like: “I’ve never seen this type of work anywhere”
and “your use of color is amazing”.
My materials include: the smallest
glass seed beads, glass and stone focal and embellishment beads, shells,
buttons, and found objects. They are pieced together, one at a time, with
needle and thread in a dynamic creative process resulting in unique, one of a
kind, necklaces, bracelets and earrings that tell stories about: a pool of light
in a swamp, a citrus bouquet, an autumn brook or a personal loss. Not a drop
of glue is ever used.
The evolution of technical skills used in this art
work started with mastering Peyote Stitch, originally used by Native Americans
to embellish ceremonial objects. This stitch is used in a way that creates a
three dimensional canvas upon which and within are woven colors, shapes and
textures in an open and airy fashion. Other advanced beading techniques are
used to add a sinuous neck cord or entire exhibition pieces.
advanced art work is the result of over eight years of learning and
development. It has been recognized at many levels: Pieces have been awarded
in Fire Mountain Gems (industry leading supplier) competitions and used in
catalog and magazine back cover advertising; they have been selected for use in
two different illustrated books published by Lark Books; and a bracelet pattern
was published in “Bead and Button” magazine and a subsequent “best of the year”
hard cover book. The most valued recognition is that of my loyal wearable art
patrons who come to the art shows (Sarasota, Venice, Estero & Naples) we attend
about twice a year.