From the window of my studio in Hamilton, Ontario, I see the awkward harmony of the urban landscape: the Niagara Escarpment rising up behind the peaked roofs of my neighbourhood and majestic old trees weaving their way around power and cable lines. This relationship of nature and city feeds my creativity.
I like to combine the toss-aways of everyday life with natural materials to create one-of-a-kind works of art and jewelry. My creative process always starts with junk – bottle caps, drinking straws, old stamps, candy wrappers, and dried out pens and markers, to name a few – collected for me by an ever-expanding network of people. I ask myself, “What can I make with this?” and the process begins. My designs come to life through various art techniques, including metalwork, collage, origami, and pyrography, plus a lot of improvisation and playing with power tools. In my hands every day, I see the magic of combining the natural textures of wood, metal, and glass with the edge and brightness of trash. The results are beautiful, playful, and always surprising.