FIRST and foremost, I was an artist, then I became a mother! Being a mother/artist/entrepreneur/teacher/friend is no joke! Balance is key, and not always my reality! But in between laundry, dinner, board meetings, and family time, I'm able to retreat to the studio and get crazy creative! So yeah, that's the reality.
My passion is design and creativity. At the University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, I discovered that I could merge my love of science and art to create jewelry. I graduated with dual degrees in Industrial Design/Jewelry Design, and adopted the title of Metalsmith. I also studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of America, and added diamonds and colored gemstones to my palate.
I've been designing and creating jewelry and accessories for 20+ years. In 2003, I was asked to exhibit at a Detroit-themed showcase, and out of that project, came a unique sterling silver line called "The D. The Jewelry". We continue to pay homage to the City of Detroit; celebrating the industrial and innovative, hard-working and creative spirit of the city. Being a life-long Detroiter, our goal is to enable others to show their love and pride for the city with classic pieces. The jewelry is well received, by people of all ages, regionally and internationally. Jewelry lovers especially appreciate the high-quality craftsmanship.
I design, and previously laser cut and hand fabricate all pieces. I have recently begun to outsource laser cutting and casting due to Covid-19 as well as other health concerns. #ittakesavillage ya'll!
Our ultimate mission is to commence philanthropic endeavors focused on Detroit's creative youth. We plan to support mentoring, entrepreneurship, and scholarship creation. There are too many extremely talented young people in the D that could use a little support along the way. #PayItForward!