I’ve been interested in art and fashion for as long as I can remember. In high school, I focused primarily on illustration work, but I really found my footing in wearable art when I started college. I earned a full art scholarship to the University of Memphis to pursue a degree in studio art. There, I started experimenting with clothing and accessories to really figure out who I was as an artist. After a summer studying fashion illustration abroad in Florence, I fully discovered my passion for clothing design and focused my visual work on the darker concepts that typically infuse the fashion industry—materialism, consumerism, and a fascination with inanimate objects.
Out of those themes, my attraction to skull imagery—the touchstone of my work—emerged. It was after college that I began creating and selling my signature, small Sugar Skulls at craft markets on the weekend. For me, the Sugar Skulls represent the realization that life is both fleeting and beautiful. Because of that, it should be embraced vigorously.
With a background in studio art, my concept typically informs my design. I create well-crafted, handmade work that doesn’t lose the aspect of the human touch poured into the piece. Though my new pieces are often minimalist, the story and work behind them most certainly is not. It’s honest and complicated, much like it’s creator. When I craft a piece of jewelry, I feel like my work is being added to the story of the person who wears it. It commemorates their special moments—their pasts, presents, and futures—and allows me to be a small part of their lives.
Being a Memphis native, I find it very important that my studio and my business exist in my hometown. I am deeply encouraged and rewarded to be a part of our creative community and to produce work amongst so many other multi-talented Memphis makers.
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