My Journey
We all respond more intensely to specific types of stimulus; I respond to things that are visual with the greatest pleasure. I am drawn to strong shapes and contrasts. Designs, colors, and the intensity of light have an emotional effect on me. Creative expression has always lived within me. This driving force took me through the process of learning to create art using many different mediums over the course of time.

Attending various types of creative workshops led me to enrolling in the Art Institute of Seattle. I completed my degree in Visual Communication focusing on graphic design and illustration in 2001.

I was working in two jobs when I started making jewelry.  Working with the vibrant colors of the glass beads ignited my creative passion instantly. I quickly moved to semi precious stones after seeing how they reflected the inherent beauty of nature.

Soon I experienced several incidents where people complimented my jewelry. I told them I made it and ended up selling the pieces on the spot. I decided then that my new overtime job could be selling the jewelry I make.

Thus, the name Designs OverTime was born. It was a perfect fit since artists’ designs evolve over the course of time, and making jewelry was to become my new overtime job.

Making jewelry was always something I wanted to do more of in retirement. Now the time has come.

My Inspiration
As far back as I can remember I could see beauty all around me. From early childhood years I collected bits and pieces of things for their beauty. It could be a candy wrapper, a piece of ribbon, a button, rocks, shells, feathers, butterflies, or other items that were shiny or had texture or color.

Even today I love picking up shells and rocks on the beach or going to rock shops. Stones can capture the idea of everything: the reflected light on rippling water, the flash and glow of fire, or the shimmer of sunlight behind trees. Stones are pretty in their natural state and can get even better in what we can create.

Creating handmade jewelry has been a passion of mine for the last 12 years. Nature has always been an inspiration to me. A simple walk on the beach can reveal glistening sand and rocks and shells that may be intact, broken, or shattered and still have a special charisma of their own. It all has its own feel and beauty and the potential to be transformed into jewelry. From this inspiration I create one of a kind pieces of jewelry to be worn with both casual and formal clothing. I use semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, and fine silver to create each unique piece.

Some beautiful stones I bought inspired me to create the Empress line, shells on the beach while visiting a friend’s cabin resulted in the Burgandy Road Collection, discovering Roman Glass resulted in the Buried Treasure line, and obtaining a lot of vintage jewelry resulted in the Revival group.

The Empress Line
An amethyst geode that I had was independently beautiful, however when placed with the right stones the deep purple color really came to life. I selected green jade and gold vermeil chain resulting in a piece fit for a queen, inspiring the Empress Line of Jewelry.

The Burgundy Road Collection
I gathered a collection of shells from the beach during a weekend with friends near Burgundy Road.  In the mix was a broken crab shell that revealed an image that looked like a face. The “crab face” and shells inspired the Burgundy Road Collection, created with custom made molds in PMC silver to form the jewelry pieces.

The Buried Treasure Line
I fell in love with Roman glass the first time I saw it. These glass pieces have random iridescent speckled patterns on them as a result of the original glass making processes and being buried for a period of time. Derived from actual works originally made thousands of years ago by the Romans to be used as bowls, bottles, plates etc.  Each piece of glass is a fragment part of what it originally was, they all vary in color and shape, and each piece is one of a kind. I use them as I would a semi-precious stone to create jewelry.

The Revival Line
All the women in my family loved and collected jewelry which exposed me to limitless changes in jewelry trends over the last hundred years. Many vintage jewelry pieces can be found in antique stores and yard sales. As styles continually evolve I have been able to make these pieces new again as I re-design them to fit more current looks.

The Silver Freeform Collection
A side effect of making silver jewelry is the pieces left over from cutting silver wire and chains. One day when I was making a silver necklace I noticed the pile of cut silver from the necklace sparkling on the table. The curved pieces of chain overlapped each other and all together it made a pretty design for a pendant.  I thought I would try to combine the pieces by using the torch to fuse the silver. With the heat applied the silver melted and flowed in many directions. After experimenting with this method a lot, I was able to guide the silver with some control to create pendants. Each piece is one of a kind.

My Process
Starting a project involves having an idea I want to create or wanting to work with a special stone or color to find an inspiration: I place stones in patterns of different sizes and colors to select the palette to use when each stone brings out the best in all of the others.

Usually I make several pieces using the same palette of stones, then move on to something new. Very few identical pieces are made, mostly because I like variety.

When I find a great combination of stones I will make several necklaces in different styles using the same palette. Then I will add matching earrings and bracelets.

Experiments with melting silver have resulted in a series of pendants that are each unique and one of a kind in a freeform style.

Designing jewelry is a constant process of exploration. Some of the best results come from trying something new and different.