Monday, December 1, 2008

Inspiration...the root

There is always a reason why we choose the paths that we take. My jewelry work has evolved quite a bit over the last few years, but certain elements remain the same to me as they were the first day I discovered them. I feel grateful to those images and forces that have stayed in my mind's eye and try to always create work that makes people feel happy, confident and comforted...
My most significant influence is ornate indian may not really be able to tell from my work, which is stripped down to the most basic interpretation of the designs in my head, but I am inspired by the intense colors in indian jewelry. I grew up in an area of New York where there were many indian shops - the beading on the saris and the smells of the stores have stayed with me. The jewelry was always embellished with stones bead or bezel set very close together. There was always a strong handmade feeling to the pieces and they were worn almost casually by the women but seemed so regal to me! In my work, I do try to create pieces that are special, but that a person can reach for every single day and feel completely comfortable (and a little glamorous)...
Another path opened up as I was cleaning out my stash of lapidary journals several years ago (they were taking over our small Manhattan home). One magazine fell open to an article on a wire artist (up until that point, I foolishly decided that learning to bezel set and form sheet was soooo much more sophisticated than wire work and bead work). I literally read the article on this artist 3 times before putting the magazine back on the shelf. After that day, I did everything in my power to learn all about this amazing talent - Lynne Merchant - and how she came to create such dramatic and earthy pieces out of wire. I was able to take a class from her a couple of years later and grew more in that 2 day period in my approach to design, than in the 2 years prior.
The third road opened in another class - this time with Vicki Eisenfeld. What moved me most was that she treated wire like thread and showed the class how she weaved with different colors of gold to create a variety patterns. I realized then that I could create my stories using any medium that I chose and my only limitations would be those that I created for myself. So now I don't think of any limitations!
In the last couple of years, my focus has been on communicating my thoughts in the simplest, easiest to understand way - so that my work transcends least that's my goal. I love playing with positive and negative space and infusing designs with pops of color here and there, but it must remain organic, real, grounded.
I have developed a stripped down style that I feel is elemental and lush at the same time. I hope that you like it....
What are your greatest influences?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

1000 Markets

I just opened a shop at 1000 Markets, a brand new shopping venue that features artisan jewelry, clothing and art (and there's food too!).

Please stop by to visit:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Etsy Front Page!

Thanks so much metalology for including my "Three" Bangles!

On a Ring Trip!

I have a major obsession with stone setting lately. I am still only making bezel set rings for myself right now (selfish selfish!!) and here are some of the fruits of my labor. There is nothing quite like a fantastic pointer finger ring :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fall 2008

clean lines and color

Monday, August 18, 2008


I have opened a new shop on etsy, aptly called, mlcroots. This shop will feature handmade components that can be used by the artisan to create his or her own pieces. The elements are organic and timeless and form the "roots" of my work.

New Work

Ideas based on elemental themes help to form the first pieces for Fall.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Amazing Etsy Artists

Part of my obsession with ETSY revolves around the ability to find stunningly beautiful handmade design at your fingertips and being able get it in the blink of an eye. I can have clothing custom made to my specifications simply by asking.....unreal. I can have the most gorgeous pottery and bags straight from the designer's studio - wow. I can pay a graphic artist waaaay too little and get a truly inspired logo. I love ETSY.

I have bought several items from sandmaiden and have enjoyed the luxurious fit and feel and look. My loungewear is decidedly of the moment, sinfully comfortable and classic all at the same time.

I can't seem to go too long without a fix from treehouse28, with amazing creations that always fit perfectly (how does she do that?) and arrive on exactly the day she says they will.

nbcreative designed my logo and I love love love her style.

I am aching to pick up the new ultrasuede clutch from moop and since this is my birthday month, it will probably happen really soon (that's a justifiable excuse, right?)

I have the lotus pendant from Red Hot Pottery hanging ever so effortlessly in my home as well as a collection of Kim Westad porcelain pendants accenting some pictures in my living room. I want one of those nifty white vases.

I brighten up my white plates with wonderful batik printed napkins I found at margotbianca - and they only get better and softer with each washing.

All of these artists create truly special pieces, sans sweatshop labor - can't help but love that. I hope that you check them out. You will be glad you did.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tutorials Available !

Several tutorials that I have been lucky enough to have had published are now available online.

Here are direct links to the individual tutorials:

All Wrapped Up

Happy Wrapping!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Workbench Sale

While I take a much needed break, please enjoy 20% off many of my designs at This sale will run from June 14th through June 21st.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Silver and Gold

I will be introducing some 10kt as an option in my core designs (simple circle series, music series, untamed heart series). I plan to combine the gold with both brightly polished and deeply oxidized sterling silver. I love metal! These designs are already available both in my etsy shop and on my website.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pearl Ring Tutorial Published

A tutorial that I wrote a while ago has been published. It is a thrill to be a part of Beading with Pearls, published by Lark Books. My tutorial is the "Whirlwind" (aka Sea Life) ring. My hope is that this tutorial will encourage the beginner metalsmith to learn to wrap wire neatly and incorporate pearls into a design.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Playing with Space

I love playing with positive and negative space. I like the idea of jewelry being elemental and natural, but still there. Much of my work in recent weeks has focused less on gems (aside from my ever present woven pendants and bracelets) and more on the metal on its own. Here are some of the designs that focus purely on the shape of metal.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Disc Rings

There is something so appealing about disc rings to me. They are at once ancient and modern, classic and bohemian. They make a wonderful statement without being too much. I love sawing out each shape and stamping or hammering the designs. I love creating borders on the discs (or not) and I love pulling the finished product out of the tumbler...fantastic! I wear mine on my index finger but they look great on middle and ring fingers as well. Here are a few of the designs that I create over and over again. Some will find their way into my shop , others will be on my website .