Inspired by elements of the ocean and highlighted with colors of the Atlantic surf, this copper electroformed cuff showcases chunks of raw black tourmaline set over encapsulated sand from Cape May, New Jersey.
The natural elements I use in my work are personally collected and often can be a record specific experiences. I think it's interesting to find that one day's collection can vary greatly from the next in a way that you can create a type of timeline as to what the ocean is offering you. The end result is a piece that brings authenticity back to the idea of a souvenir, taking a thought or memory and binding it to a natural element of the immediate physical surroundings.
For me, the jetty marks a memory of my mother, a story of how I acquired a scar, and a lesson on bearing a sense of perspective.