With a passion for both scientific research of botanical and organic structures and metalsmithing, I create designs that have a unique balance of scientific thought and nature based aesthetic. By combining traditional jewelry techniques and modern technology, I fabricate functional jewelry designs that allow the wearer an intimate relationship with the piece and natural found objects.
In my work, I explore the relationship between manufactured forms and found natural objects. I use microscopic patterns found in organic structures, such as lichen, algae and fungi, and natural architectural forms made by wasps and bees. Working with electron and fluorescent microscopes and Georgia Southern's Biology department has aided in my increased understanding of the natural forms I use. By creating containment forms that hold found natural objects, I invite the wearer to analyze the unique connection between man-made structures and the objects’ temporal nature.
The work above 'Tougher Than It Looks' is currently on display in the Rosengart Gallery in Statesboro, Georgia. 'Spontaneity' is a group exhibition of Georgia Southern University's MFA students, curated by Madeline Shelor.