I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making some kind of wearable art with my hands. As a child I would pretend that I was in a tribe where we would make a new outfit every day out of nature. That was my big dream, by the way. I didn’t want to be a teacher, or nurse, or president of the United States. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it would be that I wanted to be in a tribe. I wanted to make all of the ceremonial ornamentation that would be needed. I didn’t want to be the chief, but I wanted to make the chief’s headdress.
I would spend countless hours making rings out of braided pine needles or taping leaves and cotton balls into weird things to wear. In middle and high school, I discovered beading, and would spend countless hours doing that while watching MTV. This was when MTV had music videos. Am I dating myself? When Sculpey Clay was invented, I was the happiest girl on earth. I spent countless hours working on tiny sculptures that could be turned into necklaces. I made one of these necklaces for the man that is now creating this website for me! It seems inevitable now that I would evolve into working with metal.
Metal is such a beautiful medium. It is strong and timeless, but also soft and impressionable. I can take leaves that have turned into lace by late Fall when their mass has decayed with only their veins left, and impress their fragile forms into metal sheets. I can also make forms and small sculptures out of wax and then cast them into solid metal forms. It almost seems like magic. I also love the transformative power of ornamentation. The act of placing a piece of jewelry on the body transforms the mundane into the spiritual, and connects the wearer with a different world.
Thank you for visiting my site. Bess you, Nicole