I believe that balance is a key component in the persistence and thriving capacity of nature. The balance of many different kinds of forces dictates much of what we experience in the world. It is the concept and design principle of balance that informs and inspires my designs. An ever growing appreciation for the elegant perfection of the natural world coupled with a modern simplicity makes my jewelry what it is: the perfect accessory for a special occasion or every day.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Emily never felt at peace in the bustling city in which she grew up, but in the trails of the mountains and on the shores of the beaches. It only made sense that the nature she enjoyed to spend her time in, would become the main source of inspiration for her metal work.
It was 2010, in a nature oasis at the top of a mountain, where she learned to handle metal. She learned to use tools she had never even seen before to manipulate a material that felt so permanent. She learned the skills to transform raw materials into delicate, shining tokens of beauty. It was this transformation of material that transformed something in her. It is the inherent balance of solidity and effortlessness that drives her love of metal and fuels the creation of jewelry that honors the simple, yet perfect forms of the natural world.
After receiving a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art for jewelry and metals, Emily continued her studio practice pulling from the inspiration of her thesis, which focused on how the seasons create so much of the balance in nature and directly affect how we exist in the world.
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.