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She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes – changes, touches;touches changes
This piece was created on my back porch…..Changer is one of my first designs…. made during a time of magic and chaos in my life. At that time, I called on the Earth to grant me courage to find my way through the maze and the Changer came into being. It seems appropriate to honor this piece now, 20 years later. As the winds of change are shifting and blowing, once again I look for courage.
I was born and raised in Virginia and reside there in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. An epiphany of sorts occurred around 1980 and I began to see life in a new way. While my young children played nicely upstairs I would steal away to my basement shop where I normally made furniture, cooking utensils and an assortment of other wooden things. Now to my amazement, out of the wood and sawdust, a series of female figurines was erupting. The original cherry, boxwood, rosewood and ebony symbols and figures have evolved into a line of silver pendants that includes nearly 100 designs. Many of the jewelry designs come from my fascination with the language of symbols and how the art of different cultures and times echoes around the world.
All cultures surround themselves with symbols of some sort and naturally pass them reverently from generation to generation. These symbols lift up and guide us through life’s interwoven cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth.