I began making chainmail jewelry in the early 2000’s. I find the patterns and versatility fascinating. My work begins with a spool of silver. Each ring is hand cut, shaped piece-by-piece, then tumbled to highlight the silver as much as possible. I love how perfectly Swarovski crystals pair with sterling silver, and how it shimmers in the light. I use both materials in many of my larger pieces.
My first altered book began as a new type of papercraft project. Entitled The Traveler’s Tree, it was a study in paper piecing, placement, color, texture, and planning. As you may imagine, cutting the pages of this book was quite traumatic for this library worker; but knowing that it would be filled with a new voice and personal meaning kept me moving forward. It taught me a lot about myself and inspired me to create another book about my experiences with cancer.
This book took a deeper look at not only my experience with cancer but loved ones going through their own battles with this illness, as well. In some ways I feel is it still a work in progress. I gathered quotes and images from friends, family, and other writings that made me feel a connection with what we were going through at the time. It is broken down into steps ranging from Diagnosis to Cure.