“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"--that is all
Ye know on earth- John Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
I have always been drawn to beautiful things. That’s probably a result of my father’s influence since he is an aficionado of art and antiques, anything lovely and fine. He especially loved small items, things that could fit on a shelf or on a desk, or best yet, in my mother’s jewelry box. On special occasions, my dad would take me to his favorite antique haunt where he would allow me to pick out my mom’s next gift. My “payment” was usually some bauble for myself, much more modest, of course. So began my interest in jewelry. I loved receiving jewelry, but I always was interested in the process, how the gold or silver became the bracelet on my wrist. But I thought I could never create jewelry because I didn’t think I had the skills, materials, or tools. About ten years ago I decided I would try creating jewelry for others and myself by starting with wire working and beading, eventually moving on to metal work. I characterize my style as rustic, organic, abstract, or geometric depending on my mood, using copper, silver, and brass, and semiprecious gemstone beads. To spice things up a bit, I’ll create in metal or polymer clay. I have a day job as a science teacher, so have always felt the need for artistic expression, a world away from my regimented schedule.
Memory art is another one of my talents and I have spent many years creating both traditional paper and digital memory albums. I also have a number of themed memory albums for sale (thus my business name of ScrapMetal). They are 8 x 8 books, with pre-made pages, all you have to do is attach your photo and write some journaling. Some themes include: Love is in the Air, About a Boy, Sugar and Spice, Home is Where the Heart Is, and Merry and Bright.