As a child I was always drawn in by artisanship that required skilled handwork. In elementary school, it wouldn’t be unusual for you to find me knitting or crocheting a hat or a scarf for various friends and family. It was the process of it, the way everything came together so carefully to form one beautiful, unique, handcrafted thing made with my own two hands. It captured and focused me.
Jumping forward some... My first attempt at jewelry was a wrap bracelet. I bought everything at the local arts and craft store, sat down and just did it. As I put it together, I couldn’t help but think of ways to make it better. The leather was too hard to manipulate. The method of wrapping the wire would sometimes poke my wrist. I began trying new materials and methods until what I wore not only looked good, but also was comfortable.
I sold my first bracelets at my grandmother’s store. They sold like hot cakes and were gone in a matter of days. From that moment on, I realized that what I loved to do was not only a dream, but also a passion I could pursue for the rest of my life.
To this day, I hand pick and cut every deer hide, while constantly searching for the right gemstones. I will be attending my first jewelry show in February of this year in Tucson, AZ. I can’t wait! I have grown so much so fast and I am very grateful.