behind lush leaf metals
My intention for my work is to empower you, the wearer, to show up in the world as a creative and trans-formative force that both models and encourages others to do the same. I’m deeply aware of our collective impact on our environment, and with every piece, I make a stand that a fulfilling and creative life can co-exist with a healthy and thriving environment.
Playfulness, creativity, and meaningful connections are the driving forces behind my creative process.
I draw inspiration from artists like Iris Apfel, Alexander Calder, and Henri Matisse, as well as the lush foliage in tropical jungles, and bright, bold colors.
Iris Apfel by Grandin Road
about the artist
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a double bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Earth, Society, and Environmental Studies, and a minor in Horticultural Studies. This background has helped me deeply understand the complexities of the world in which we live, and the power of an individual’s choices.
After graduation, I moved to Seattle to share life with my partner and enthusiastic cheerleader, Hans. I have dabbled in governmental social justice work, mechanical engineering, software development, and indoor plant horticulture. After exhausting all other potential career choices, I took up metal smithing and jewelry making, and I haven’t looked back.
My choice of materials reflect my love for bold colors and textures: reclaimed copper and brass, reclaimed beads, enamel, and lab-sourced stones. I enamel all of my pieces, and design with sustainability in mind.
You can now find me at Fremont Market in Seattle every Sunday, rain or shine, from 10-4, and in different pop up markets throughout the region.