Accretion Accents - Batch 1

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November, 2018
Sterling silver and pattern welded steel

My aesthetic is inspired by mid-century modernism, art deco, and the bold geometric shapes which were popular in the 1980s. I am often told that these things are not suitable for modern jewelry, or that my work is too angular or too “masculine.” The driving force behind this body of work was to overcome the fear of harsh criticism I have been living with, and make the work I want to make.


For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with objects and spaces created through the process of accretion. I find wonder in the lines, colors, and shapes that gradually accumulate into layers that form the whole of something much larger. Recently, I have explored this fascination through a series of jewelry that emphasizes this wild, organic buildup while constraining it within rhythmic, mechanical symmetry.

Formally this has manifested as taking materials which exhibit this buildup of layers (such as mokume gane, pattern welded steel, and Fordite) and then methodically shaping them into domed or faceted cabochons. These shapes are then framed with matching geometric boarders that have been further accented with logical, orderly patterns.

These earrings are currently part of Heidi Lowe Gallery’s traveling exhibition Earrings Galore 2019.