"Flora Afflictions"

This work explores the affects that disease or insects have on the aesthetic quality of plants, and questions objective botanical beauty. Utilizing precious metals or gemstones to highlight the affected area of the plant, brings attention and perceived value to the abnormalities that would otherwise be considered defect.
My work is functional as wearable jewelry, but I also aim to not just copy and recreate nature, but to celebrate the qualities of plant life that may be underrated or unnoticed.