Runner Up - Exhibiting Artist
Bird skull, brass, copper, sterling silver, plastic, stainless steel, and thread
3.8 x 2.1 x 1 inches
Photographed by artist
Taking inspiration from both the natural world and industrial aesthetics, I find the play between somewhat rigid forms and natural materials to help push myself to explore additional ways of displaying those interactions in a wearable item.
Born in New Haven, I spent several years of my youth moving within Connecticut before spending two years in Hong Kong, and three in Osaka, Japan. During my years overseas, I frequently traveled in Asia, before graduating from Osaka International School.
After being accepted to Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial design program, by the end of my first year, I had taken a Jewelry/Metals elective and found it deeply satisfying. This prompted a change in majors. In the metals department, I was able to freely explore various techniques beyond traditional jewelry fabrication.
Upon graduating from RIT in 2004, I accepted a position with Albert Paley where I remained until 2014, leaving to pursue other art and business opportunities.