“How do you come up with your ideas?"
My ideas come from all I see, hear and touch.
Ever cut a red cabbage in half and just stared in awe at the miracle of it? Ever held a warm stone in your hand, felt it's entire surface with out even looking at it? Feel the thumping of an amazing bass run in your chest? A piece of grass under a microscope? whoaaaaaa.
As a kid, moving furniture around, taking the phone apart, reapportioning stuffed animals, seeing how long 8 track tape actually is, finding out what a running beaters on a mixer feels like...a whole lot of drawing on paper and other things was typical. I am lucky to say my creativity has been nurtured and supported in many ways my whole life. My attention to details and exploration still exist and has got me into a bit of trouble a couple of times.
I don't know the neuroscience behind creativity but I know seeking composition is exciting and sensory gifts are everywhere. They get absorbed, gently distilled, stored in no particular order in a protected, peaceful, brightly lit room. There is a loose system of drawing in my sketchbook, making design decisions, working directly with the metal in combination with my set of skills and the juicy information from that room - on the best days jewelry gets made.
I earned my BFA from the School for American Craftsmen at The Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992. I make one-of-a-kind, limited production, custom jewelry and sometimes an olive fork or berry spoon might come off my bench. I participate in fine art and craft shows, teach classes and workshops and privately tutor students in their studios in MD, DC or VA offering tips, tricks and problem solving in MD, DC and VA.