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I’ve been creating macrame jewelry for 25 years now, starting when I was nine years old. I saw a girl in my class making a really neat bracelet and asked her to show me how she made it. I then started making friendship bracelets, but when I was around 13 or 14 my grandmother gave me a macrame book. In college, I expanded I started changing things from what I found in books and learned to create my own patterns and designs. It’s been a great way to relieve stress while creating something beautiful. For the past ten years, I’ve been participating in craft and art shows as well as conventions, selling my work and accepting commissions for custom-made pieces.
Piece titled: Wild Jade Growth
While I was in college I was able to refine my painting skills. I now create watercolor paintings, and my goal with those is to create something you could imagine in a dream or nightmare. Not realistic but at the same time recognizable. These I create on a whim, often taking up to a week from start to finish. My favorite things to paint are outer space and flowers. At some point, I’d love to have my paintings printed on quilt fabric I can use to create quilts featuring my own work.
Last, but not least, I’m a fourth generation quilter. I grew up around fabric, prints, colors, sewing, and quilting, and applied a lot of what learned growing up to my jewelry and paintings. In 2014 I had to take a three-year hiatus from jewelry making due to a ligament tear in my right wrist. I was able to make quilts and, with some lessons from my mother, I learned how to sew and quilt. In less than a year I went from making hot pads and table runners to a full-size quilt and several lap quilts.
In 2016 I had surgery on my wrist to repair the ligament tear that had been causing me so much pain. After many months of physical therapy, I was able to make jewelry again. I now have several jewelry commissions to work on and am accepting more. When not working on commissions I make things for myself or create quilted works.
Piece titled: Daning in the Moonlight
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