Modern Artifacts was born from my experiences working on archaeology digs and in museum basements, creating handmade jewelry silhouettes with contemporary design. Excavating in Houston's Historic Freedman's Town, as well as my time as a Curatorial Assistant for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Stone Fort Museum of Nacogdoches, allowed me to have an intimate connection to history when handling the artifacts and
documenting specimens. Being able to touch literal pieces of history, I was able to truly appreciate the textures and patinas time leaves on all things and I strive to capture that preciousness with the ease of your favorite piece of jewelry.
I combine fossils, unique minerals, and anthropological artifacts with hammered gold textures and verdant patinas for a look that is fresh, yet nostalgic, for the modern nomad. Known for my signature turquoise patina, I apply my own solution with a torch building the color up over time and then sealed to preserve the finish. Using crisp lines and simple geometry as a vehicle to celebrate the beauty of materials in different states, the pieces
appear both polished and new, as well as worn and aged reinforcing the Neo-Bohemian style. Whether using a mirror-like polish, patina, a sandblaster, or 23K gold leaf, contrasting finishes define my work and give it the graphic quality which lends it its identity.
I currently am an "Artist in Nesting" and created a capsule collection for Magpies and Peacocks, a Houston-based 501c3 focusing on creating sustainable and ethically made fashion, accessories, art, and decor using recycled and post consumer materials left over from the fashion and design industries. I am also a proud graduated from the Artist INC Class of 2018 through the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs with the City of Houston being chosen out of many to be one of the 25 local artist and designers incubated through this juried entrepreneurial program.