Sustainability

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Handmade Fashion, Created with Love

All my work is done my me in my small one room studio here in Brooklyn. The only parts that are not made by me are delicate small link chains and earring backs. Most orders take one to two weeks to craft, some custom orders take a little longer, some less.

I do my best to create durable work that will last a lifetime and in many cases beyond.

When you purchase jewelry designed and handcrafted by me you can be rest assured that no cheap labor, such as child labor, slavery, or immigrant labor, was used to cut costs.

Slow Production, Handmade, Not Mass Produced

The fashion industry produces tons of waste each year. When I set up my shop I wanted to make sure I didn’t contribute more waste to landfills. I design my pieces with the environment in mind, using recycled metals, and recycle the scrap metal produced from my shop. I constantly look for better ways to produce my work with less waste, and I don’t use chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

I believe in slow production and creating a higher quality product. My designs are heirloom quality, meaning that they are designed to last. I wear test all my designs to make sure they are durable enough to use in the real world.

I use old world metalsmithing techniques and slow production, instead of modern mass production. One of my favorite handmade techniques is called Keum boo, it uses pure 24k gold or pure fine silver foil. There is no waste at all with this technique. I use a few modern techniques too to help me keep my shops waste to a minimum.

In college I studied metalsmithing under Robert Bruya, an award winning metalsmith, known for using bones, feathers, and found objects in his work. He encouraged his students to learn and design from nature, working with raw materials by hand. This method of working spoke deeply to me. I also studied under an award winning fiber artist Akiko Kotani from 1989 to 1992 and sometimes incorporate natural fibers into my work.

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, in a sleepy little town called Plain Grove, with miles of farms, forests and marshland. I was surrounded by natural beauty. As a result, the environment is very important to me and I love working with natural materials.

This is my main workbench where most of my work is created.
This is my main workbench where most of my work is created.

Sustainable Fashion

Orders come wrapped in acid free unbleached paper or in a craft gift box and tied in raffia palm. All recyclable, including the mailing container.

My Sweet & Simple line of jewelry is minimalist, understated, simple. I created this line because I like my jewelry to reflect my mood. Sometimes you want a piece that’s delicate or understated and that you don’t have to think about what it will go with. Sweet and simple pieces can be worn for everyday or special occasions. These pieces make great gifts due to their simplicity.

I stopped making brass jewelry and make copper instead for one big reason, nickel. About 61.4% to 66.3% of people are allergic to nickel. Another is heirloom viability, while designer copper jewelry is collected, brass is not. I want to make sure the items I create have the best chance at a long life and are not discarded into a landfill.

The vendors I buy my supplies from are mostly small businesses, like mine. If I can find what I need from a small business, I purchase from them, rather than a large company. I like to know that I make a direct impact on the people I meet and work with.

Thank You

Know that I, as a craftsperson, appreciate your patronage and deeply value you as a customer. This is how I make my living. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here to help. Suggestions are gladly welcomed. You make it possible for me to keep doing what I love and create high quality products.

Refernce
http://www.alternet.org/environment/its-second-dirtiest-thing-world-and-youre-wearing-it
http://www.endslaverynow.org/blog/articles/how-its-made-child-labor-tarnished-jewelry