I come from a long line of female artists. My grandmother and great grandmother were masters with textiles. My mom raised my two siblings and me on her own, supporting us with her painting and illustrations. At a very young age she pushed us to strive for perfection in all things creative. Stick figure drawings at four were not acceptable, she wanted me to recognize bone structure, muscle definition etc. Although she strongly encouraged other careers I couldn't get away from the passion I feel when creating. In 2008 I began making jewelry in my final semester of school. I took the class for fun intending it to be my last foray into the creative world before starting law school. Much to my mom's dismay and joy metalsmithing captured me. I quickly gravitated towards a technique called Married Metals enjoying its simple, elegant look and complicated process. I had finally found my medium in metals. Within eight months of starting the intro class I was accepted into a local gallery.
My first line of jewelry was the Henna Collection. This line was inspired by the half of me that is Eastern Indian. Not long before moving to Flagstaff my grandmother passed. Memories of her smells, lessons and culture were strong in my mind as I started making jewelry. This line was a homage to her.
Nature In Its Simplest Form:
Breaking away from her traditional Indian heritage my mom fell in love with the outdoors and took us along for the ride. She often took us out of school on a whim for various outdoor adventures. We would go hiking in the rockies, kayaking in Baja and when I was 11 rock climbing. I have been in love with rock climbing and the natural world ever since. The Twigs Collection interprets the beauty I see in nature to its most basic form.
The Beauty of Trees:
Introduced at the same time as the Twigs collection the Natural Patterns Collection focused on the elegance of woodgrain. Much like the twigs collection I simplified the complex beauty I admired in wood patterns.
Just before I was bestowed with the 2011 Flagstaff Viola Award for Best Emerging Artist from the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, I released the Flowers Collection. By keeping the design of the flowers themselves simple I was able to focus on many different ways of composing them. From large light weight hoops, to delicate single flower pendants this line is extremely versatile.
I've always been fascinated with insects. On a design level they are intriguing, beautiful, complex, and have a geometric element that I love. After much thought I introduced the Insect Collection this summer. It is much bolder, and yet more intricate than any other line I've created.