I find a great deal of peace in creating tangible objects of value. It satisfies the magpie in me to transform fine raw materials into talismans of a sort- touchstones for the wearer.
My production is small and special and my patrons respond to that.
A japanese couple introduced me to the concept of wabi-sabi- which they recognized in my work. This aesthetic prizes beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete... including asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes." I carry that ideal with me every time I go to my bench.
All of life has a bit of wabi-sabi... The world I evolve in is full of contrasts. I grew up in Haiti, lived in Brazil and am currently based in Tunisia. There is sophistication and beauty, pain and roughness everywhere- the trick is to really see it.