About Miskatonic Mermaids
The pieces of art to wear that I design and create have roots in the magical world of underwater creatures. Atlantean and Phoenician Folklore and tales passed down through Seafaring Civilizations are a rich source of inspiration.
It is in this ancient/mystical land of Mermaids, Kelpies, Hippocampus and life that cannot be explained that I love to explore.
Each piece is unique and one of a kind. I use combined methods of textile weaving, crochet, embroidery, leather working, printing, wire wrapping, metal soldering, gilding, torch fired enameling, rope splicing, hand painting, sculpture, hand-engraving and 3D printing.
Background & Professional Experience
My creative philosophy has been that good design originates in nature and our Creator. I find limitless inspiration in nature,in particular light and water. To design and create beautiful objects of adornment brings me joy.
I am native of North Carolina and began learning the craft of spinning, weaving, natural dyeing and block printing at a young age. After completing a BA in Fine Art/Textiles from University I developed a line of handwoven "Wearable Art" garments and exhibited through the American Craft Council Juried Shows as well as high end Boutiques in the Southeast and Southwest, US. Following several successful years, I earned a Master's Degree in Product Design and Textile Technology. During Graduate School I also included classes in Lapidary, learning to cabochon and facet precious and semi-precious gemstones.
My Master's Thesis involved Color and Light Theory (Refractive Indices of Gemstones and The Interaction of Light Waves on Iridescence Butterfly Wings) which resulted in recreating the visual effect through the inter-lacings with multilayered textile constructions. This published Thesis was recognized by the Royal Society of Arts in London and I was awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Silver Medal for Excellence in Textile Design.
Upon graduation I began a successful career in Textile Design Internationally, in the US, Europe, India, China, and the Middle East. During the next 25 years I continued designing and making jewelry and garments for personal use. While working in India and Asia I made significant contacts and began purchasing loose stones,( diamonds, precious and semi-precious gemstones). Soon the designs and techniques in Textiles and Jewelry began to merge.
In 2013 I left the industry and decided to pursue a new direction which was focused on exploring these media together as a full time Artist.
The creation and use of adornments for the body is as old as mankind. Whether it be for ceremonial use or simple decoration, we use these objects to define or make a statement of who we are individually.
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art", Leonardo da Vinci
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In Copenhagen at "The Little Mermaid":
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