I design lampwork, beaded jewelry, and stained and etched glass. My jewelry commemorates the famous Cajun and Creole cuisine of the Crescent City, like chili peppers, red beans and rice, and coffee and beignets. I use a torch at 2500 degrees to shape each individual glass bead. I was intrigued by this medium as a very young child. My grandmother would bead these elaborate, sequined, red felt Christmas skirts to raise money for the New Orleans Animal Shelter. Also, having had an early experience of the Mardi Gras scene, design, color, and detail became my passion.
The O Bracelet Project: What a rewarding experience it is to assist with the healing needs of fellow women, who are using their artistic skills in countries with so little infrastructure. I am so fortunate to be able to enjoy my art while helping others make a living. It encourages me to see our community coming together and becoming many ripples of a sharing circle, which the O Bracelet signifies for me.