How did you get started creating your pieces?It started on the beach in OBX. I was trying to doodle in my sketchbook but the wind was so strong. I had an idea to pick up some clamshells and start doodling on those instead and see if that works. One thing led to another and I figured out how to paint, draw and design on the shells and seal them. People loved them and started buying them. It was great! I upgraded to making jewelry with the broken shell art pieces, then the painted patterns I made became my focus. I started to design more unusual gift ideas inspired by nature that people would find interesting and useful.
What’s the favorite part of your work/what you make?Carving stamps for my block prints and surface pattern making is my favorite creative outlet. The possibilities are endless when you get to create a whole collection by mixing and matching the carved shapes and piecing together a new idea.
How do you express your creativity through your work?Working with layers of colors and lines to create an organic scenery. In our baskets, working with natural color palettes and adding special one of a kind details.
What brings you joy?I find joy in exploring the outdoors with my son and showing him what nature has to offer. It brings me joy, family time and inspiration for my work.
What challenge(s) have you overcome?Time management is something I’m always working on. My focus has always been family first and working on my business second so that my son can have me around when he needs me most. I have overcome this challenge by letting him get creative with me and have a hand in making art and items for the shop. He enjoys it and I get to see him grow as a little artist.
Anything exciting in the works/coming up for you?
With summer approaching, I’m so excited to explore more jewelry and basketry methods and ideas by using more foliage and natural dyes from our environment.
What do you wish for the world?
Making something from nothing is awesome. I wish more people would take the time to explore art and creativity in their own environment. Art brings people together no matter their differences.