I make copper, brass, and bronze jewelry using found objects including vintage watch parts, deconstructed costume jewelry, and new and vintage hardware. I make necklaces, rings, brooches, and earrings. To me, the hunt for interesting materials that I can repurpose is an essential part of the creative process. Where someone else sees an old broken Timex or Hamilton watch, I see a pair of earrings, a necklace, and charms for a bracelet.
For many years my hobby was quilting. From that I learned to have the patience to see a creative process through from initial idea to finished project. Quilting, like jewelry making, is not an activity for a person seeking immediate gratification.
I have been inspired by both the steampunk and industrial esthetics. Vintage watch gears or salvaged escutcheons are carefully manufactured objects. By refashioning these into jewelry, I am able to extend their useful lives and share their innate beauty with new audiences.
I also find inspiration in my full time job. As the director of operations for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, I help to manage our jury process and website. Consequently, I have seen thousands of images of not just jewelry but of fine art and craft in a variety of media. The quality of work and range of creativity I see in my job has inspired me to take risks in my own work. In addition, I have been fortunate to meet jewelers who could mentor, providing encouragement and education as continue on the journey of expressing myself visually.
More work by this artist can be seen by visiting her website at Flotsamjetsonjewelry.com