I begin with raw materials such as sterling silver, copper and brass. In my home studio, I use hand tools to hammer, texture, solder and shape my pieces into wearable art. Semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls are also added to many designs. I love creating artisan jewelry that combines the unique with everyday casual, but most of all, is fun to wear!
My journey into jewelry began by making beaded necklaces on a camping trip with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. From that humble beginning with plastic beads grew a passion for creating handcrafted jewelry. I pursued training at Appalachian State University’s Craft Enrichment Program, learning how to solder, form and shape metal into something useful and discovered that playing with fire really is a lot of fun! Passion was officially turned into profession in 2005 when I incorporated Moss Creek Jewelry.
Jewelry made by hand, one at a time, individual.
Moss Creek Botanical Scarves specializes in creating one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed silk scarves, using a process called “Eco-Printing”. Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their unique mark on fabric. Often, traditional dying techniques are used along with eco-printing to create a greater palette of color.
Each undyed scarf begins its journey as a blank canvas. Depending on my design, I often add traditional dyes to the scarf before eco-printing. In the second phase of the design, I gather leaves, flowers and vines that might print well and place them carefully on the silk. The fabric is then bundled tightly and steamed or boiled to release the tannins in the plants and create a contact print. Most of the plants and leaves are gathered from around my home in Boone, NC, and a few plants I gather when I travel to visit other locations. It’s always fun to experiment with new leaves and plants!
Unwrapping each bundle is probably the most fun part of creating each scarf! The plants that I chose to use, the time of year they were collected, how long I steamed the bundle, what base color I used, and many other factors make each scarf a surprise!
And, the journey does not end. There always seems to be another leaf, flower, grass or vine that needs experimentation. So, you will never see two scarves that are the same. As with every leaf, each scarf is unique.
I share my life with my husband, two children, dogs and horses. My studio is in Boone, NC.
Moss Creek Jewelry and Botanicals