As an artist, I enjoy the process of manipulating simple materials into unique forms.
My work as a metalsmith evolved from a life long passion for sewing and garment construction. My work shows the challenge of making metal change from a flat, hard surface to a three dimensional form that can emulate the soft folds of fabric.
I enjoy the repetitive nature of the hammer striking metal, like playing a rhythmic instrument or following the beat of a piece of music. There is a sense of excitement when a piece forms into my vision.
My technique includes two methods of metal manipulation: foldforming and shellforming. You can easily identify folds in my pieces, created by folding a piece of metal and hammering the fold tightly. The metal is then opened flat resulting in the raised ‘line.’ Shellforming ‘pushes’ the metal into convex and concave recesses radiating from the fold, creating the appearance the fluidity and softness in the metal.