After earning my BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, studying with the renowned metalsmith, Heikki Seppa, I came to NYC. I had just spent those four post college months working and nightclubbing in Berlin and landed in New York with $15 in my pocket. But in my mind I had a fortune in terms of ambition! I quickly immersed myself in the burgeoning downtown art scene, doing artwork for DIY fanzines, hanging out at Club 57 and playing bass in an all female punk band. But something was missing…I didn’t have the funds to set myself up with a precious metals studio. But I wouldn’t let that stop me from pursuing my dream of creating my own jewelry collection. I had been inspired by the work of jewelry artist Robert Ebendorf whom I had seen giving a talk about his work at a SNAG conference. His mesmerizing pieces are made of found objects and unusual materials not normally found in jewelry, especially back then. I decided to start doing my own experimentation with unconventional materials and methods in jewelry application. I developed a collection of earrings and brooches made of heat formed neon colored Lucite, origami folded semi rigid vinyl, and collage pins featuring the kind of clip art I used in my fanzine work. I sold them under my own name at stores like Fiorucci, Patricia Field, Detail and Reminiscence in NY, as well as trendy boutiques in London, Amsterdam and Berlin. I am proud to be one of a just a few artists during the early 80’s who were doing this kind of experimental jewelry that complimented the punk and new wave fashion trends during this exciting time! In 1984, I reorganized my business under the name ALCHEMY with the concept that these objects made of non-precious materials can be transformed in the hands of an artist into something precious, to be treasured. I also liked the idea that these tiny works of art be affordable to most people. My work evolved over the years. But I have always kept experimenting with unconventional materials and methods. I have made jewelry out of linoleum, plastic, rubber, paper, found objects, twigs, clay, and metal of course, including patinaed metals in six different colors.ALCHEMY’s current collection is created with castings taken from industrial artifacts of the machine age, incorporating gears, antique keys, machine parts, as well as castings carved in wax then molded and cast in pewter. In addition, I use found objects such as test tube stoppers, pen parts, rubber o-rings, vintage ephemera, along with hand formed polymer clay, wood, hardware, vintage brass stampings and chains. Inspired by Modern Art, The Machine Age, Mid Century Modern architecture, and Pop Culture, I create jewelry pieces and small gift items such as wine stoppers, bookmarks, and keyrings, that convey a feeling of strength and harmony. I feel fortunate to still be here doing the thing I love after all these years! All pieces are shipped with artist bio cards and, in some cases story cards.