Firstly, its helped me to see the that material for our jewelry is everywhere, and perhaps most especially in the forgotten places, in the left and passed overs. The jewelry of this present is made of the materials of this moment-what we have on hand, or have inherited, found, been given. I think this project exemplifies how that process can impact and enlighten at each stage of creation and re-creation.
Secondly, when working with found objects, I try and get into the mindset of the gem cutter-first, listening, then coaxing out whats already there. My preference is to nudge, uncover, arrange. The grab-bag aspect of this allows for a particular kind of brainstorming; trying, discarding, pursuing different combinations of completely disparate materials, patterns, and textures, thats both challenging and freeing.