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Clean, simple geometric forms are the building blocks of my designs, which are inspired by architecture, machines, toys and nature. By combining these seemingly different influences, I am exploring the concept of jewelry as playful object.
My present work consists of jewelry with kinetic elements designed to attract and engage the attention of the wearer. These articulated parts rely on the action of the wearer for motion. This action can be a simple turn of the body or a deliberate manipulation of the movable parts. This kinetic aspect of my work creates an intimate and unique relationship between jewelry and wearer. My jewelry, by definition, is not only an object of personal adornment but also an object of personal interaction and recreation.
I grew up in a steel mill town in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania. Being surrounded by beautiful rolling hills juxtaposed by bridges, railroads and industry greatly affected my design sensibilty. I now make my home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina with my husband Ben Gilliam (also a guild member) and our two sons.