1. How did you get your start in the handmade community?
I've been making stuff since I was a kid, so it was a natural long-time progression. I worked for a corporate fashion brand for a long time and really missed the hands-on part of design, which is what ultimately motivated me to start Pliers & String.
2. What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
For the most part, I try to create pieces that are complex but not in an obvious way—a lot of my jewelry is structural, like a little puzzle. I also make my own cords and wind each and every tassel.
3. What or Who Inspires you?
Anything and everything. You just never know when inspiration will strike. There are so many deviations and permutations, and design is like music—infinite possibility.
4. What is your creative process like?
Sometimes I have a clear concept in mind, but generally my process is like a creative relay. I get an idea then try to execute it, meanwhile it spawns another idea which goes in a different direction, and basically I just follow along until I end up with something that clicks. I wish I was more methodical, it certainly would make for a neater work space, but sometimes the fun is in the mess.
5. What is the coolest artistic tip you have ever received?
I'd say the best tip I've received—and this is in line with my own belief—is people will innately gravitate toward that which you're passionate about and the love you put into something will manifest in one way or another. In essence, love what you do, and others will too.
6. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
Lots of dainty hand-forged and wire-wrapped pieces, and colorful fiber-mix jewelry.