I call my collection of work Lumino, which is Latin for I brighten or I shine, like a star.
I hope the things that I make for you enable you to do just that.
The necessities for knowing: quiet, dirt and that is all.
Humans and rocks, plants, the dirt of the earth—
we have all been together for a very long time. At some mysterious point back in the depths of our history, we began adorning ourselves with bits and pieces of what we would find during our travels about the land. Things we would hold dear because not only were they pretty, but they were sacred. We felt a personal connection to these items so much that we wanted them to enhabit our space. We wanted them to lay on our bodies, and we wanted to share them with those we would meet. As we evolved and cultivated ways to express beauty, we began defining the adornment of our body as jewelry. Through the ages, these elements of the earth bejewel nearly each and every person who exists.
I believe each of us holds a line to our past when we shared this kindred connection with the earth. We feel a deep resonation of awe when we are close to the earth—whether climbing an alpine mountain peak, diving into an ocean, caught a little too close to a thunderstorm, riding a galloping horse across a meadow, or relaxing next to a forest stream. In all of these things there is a moment where we feel that we are no longer separate from what is around us. We say it's beautiful. We feel free.
That beauty and freedom is our spirit in its truest essence, and I believe that anytime we want to feel that way, then by all means, we can do so! One of these ways is with our old friend: Jewelry. There are so many beautiful ways to remind us to live with our spirit free like the wind. We may need a reminder to be as fluid as water, the resolution to be as sturdy as earth, or the inner heat to be as bold as fire. Perhaps we feel more of a connection with one of these elements in our enchantment with the sea, or our primal passion for flames. I'm here to create jewelry for you that, with its bits of earth, will assist in evoking the freedom or connection you seek. Put your mind to it, use these jewels as your talisman, and begin your travels toward your happy spirit. Be bright doing so. Shine!
I call my collection of work Lumino, which is Latin for "I brighten" or "I shine", like a star. I hope the things that I make for you enable you to do just that.
May your day be luminous.
Creator of Lumino Jewelry
What is Lumino?
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"Each piece I make is a dance with other worlds wherein I bring ideas from those places back here for you to use as talismans into your own wild places."
I have been creating art in many forms as far back as I can remember. With my artist mother and sister, and my musician-builder-fixer father, our lives have always centered around expressing our true selves and going about our paths in this world with love. To me, anything created as an expression from our heart is ART. Each of us is an artist in our own way and if we decide to dig and work to uncover our strength, we will always find it.
I began my college studies at Virginia Tech and completed them at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I studied many aspects of psychology initially, and then moved into fine art and graphic design. Upon graduation, I was offered a position to teach design at the Academy and I began work in the software industry creating user experiences. My hands ached to create tangible, physical objects, removed from the digital world. I took a jewelry class at a community arts center and became hooked on this ancient art. I took to it as if I had done it in a past life, and it is the medium that moves me into the deepest creative spaces I have known. Each piece I make is a dance with other worlds wherein I bring ideas from those places back here for you to use as talismans into your own wild places. I believe walking into our truths and essence is an incredible form of healing—I work in reverence, using pieces of our powerful earth to form this gateway.