I was born in Canada but moved to the Netherlands at the age of twelve. Later I graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and trained as a goldsmith for 4 years.
Even as a child I can remember liking old and weathered objects. Only much later did I learn about the Japanese concept of “Wabi Sabi” which describes the sense of melancholy and spiritual longing I feel when experiencing the marks time, weather, and loving use leave on an object.
My most recent jewelry collection consists almost entirely of pre-owned / vintage sterling silver chain and other vintage components (profile pendants and charms). I like to leave inscriptions and some of the patina on the components intact. It shows their history and adds to the new design. But due to the soldering process and subsequent cleaning many pieces may look “new”.
I design my jewelry for people with a modern individual style that want to wear unique pieces of jewelry; preferably ones that were produced responsibly. But ultimately my goal is to make beautiful jewelry people will cherish regardless of the source.
At the same time it is important to me that my manufacturing process impacts the environment as little as possible. My materials are from responsible sources. Any “new” silver I use has been recycled and refined using environmentally safe practices.