Giving Dead Things New Life.


In my jewelry making practice, I created composite forms from natural and precious materials. Through delicate remains against the strength of metal, I explored the mysteries of value, collection, and memory.

Spoiler Alert: I cut my hair.

"Don't cut your hair.

Don't EVER cut your hair,"

a stranger yelled at me across the dive bar. 


"You're so young! I had long hair when I was young. I'm 25. I cut my hair and now I am old," she kept going, the decibels in her voice strong over the slashing of the metal band.


2014, Nickel, Rhodium Chain, Heirloom Necklace, Artist’s Hair, Cow Vertebrae, Unidentified Vertebrae, Rat Skull, Marigold 

The younger brother of a helicopter pilot and sailboat captain, Jonathan was always trying to find a way to stand out. 

Yesterday, it was a cat video.


Tonight, it was Gary.

Gary, hanging out to dry


2015, Taxidermied Alligator Gar, Freshwater Pearls, Labradorite, Silver, Sterling Silver, Nickel, Resin


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