Debra means bee in Hebrew.
Akiko means Autumn Child in Japanese.
Gordon is Scottish.
And if you follow me on Instagram you may have
noticed lots of posts of Japanese culture and tea items,
along with new jewelry works.
I’ve been studying Japanese culture + language since 1995.
I was a student of chanoyu (茶の湯) and shodō (書道).
I was a host sister for six years to Japanese students.
I was introduced to jewelry making in 1999.
My teacher was one of my host sisters Yumi.
She made me a pair of sterling silver earrings.
As I watched her make them I was hooked.
I still apply the Japanese techniques I’ve learned to my wabi-sabi pieces.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS
Vivere Disce, Cogita Mori
(Learn to live, remember death)
These pieces are inspired by Victorian Spiritualism + Memento Mori. Using cast skulls claws and teeth, found objects, religious elements, antique and vintage items. Delivering pieces that are familiar yet remarkably unique. Jewelry that has a touch of elegant macabre. I started this collection for women who were not afraid to wear something a little more edgy and unconventional.
Pieces inspired by Victorian Fashion of the 1880s. Assemblage One-of-a-kind jewelry made with vintage and antique components. Jewelry designs using a variety of mixed media techniques and re-purposed vintage elements that I've found in my searches through flea markets, antique stores, estate sales and the like.
Sacred adornments. Shaman and Tribal pieces that are created for ceremony and spiritual practices. Made with uplifting and protective energy.
Also found in this collection is distinctive pieces that embody the spirit, quality and artistry of the American Southwest. Design components include custom Sterling and Copper Pendants, Beads and Cones; Turquoise from Nevada, Arizona & New Mexico mines; and other semiprecious Stones from around the globe.
OFF THE BENCH
Wabi Sabi inspired from nature and gemstone and sterling silver jewelry.