Wild Ivy Designs
jewelry, mixed media collage, and painting
I have always been fascinated with the found object; the overlooked and discarded have long been a source of inspiration for my work. Since the beginning of time, cultures around the world have embellished themselves with found objects, and for over 25 years, I've chosen to use these types of materials to create my jewelry and other artwork.
Each piece of jewelry I create is individually handcrafted and collaged to transform eco-friendly, recycled paper, paint, wood, metal, and stone into the perfect balance of art and nature. My goal is to capture a sense of the natural environment – awe-inspiring patterns, fantastic colors, and balance of design are very strong elements in my work – and reflect an influence of the Japanese esthetic of Wabi-Sabi.
My collections are unique, small works of wearable art that allow the viewer to choose a piece that resonates with his or her own unique style and passion.
I have been designing and creating jewelry since 1974, and have been working with paper since 1991. I studied fine art at Rhode Island School of Design in 1976 and received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Johnson State college in 1982.
I create a line of collaged paper jewelry comprised of found, recycled paper material. I work with the paper in a variety of ways embellishing it with paint, wood, semi-precious stones, hand-turned findings of gold-filled and sterling sheet metal, and wire. The result culminates in unique earrings, pins and pendants to be worn as jewelry or admired as art pieces on the their own.
In 2008, I began working on large, mixed media collages that are a blend of acrylic paint, pastels, colored pencils and recycled papers. I transform these materials into intricate and thoughtful images. Building on my love of nature, I use these nature-inspired theme in a jewelry line, as well a limited edition giclee prints and cards.
These are just a few of the venues where I have sold and exhibited my work.
North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC
Piedmont Craftsmen Fair, Winston-Salem NC (member 2016)
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem NC
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton MA, Marlborough MA, Philadelphia
Artrider at Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst NY
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland ME
Maine Potters Market, Portland ME
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT
Worcester Center for the Crafts, Worcester MA
Maine Crafts Guild (member 2001)
Maine Directions Craft Show, Mount Desert, ME
Historic New England Fine Arts and Crafts Festivals Woodstock CT
Common Ground Fair, Unity ME
Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, Wells ME
I create full time in my studio in Hillsborough, NC.