Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an artist living in New Orleans, and I work in the welding department of a fabrication shop. I grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU. My favorite places to be are deep in the woods or relaxing on a beach, just as long as I’m surrounded by nature, my biggest inspiration.
What are you presenting at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire?
I will be presenting some of my metalsmithing work, and the tools I use to create it. I create jewelry and sculptures made of copper, silver, nickel, bronze, and brass. I also incorporate organic materials like bones and insects into my work.
Why is making important to you?
I have notebooks and scrap papers filled with my ideas, and each time I get to bring one to life it gives me a feeling of happiness and accomplishment. I am a very private person, so it gives me an enjoyable way to express myself to others.
What was the first thing you remember making?
What have you made that you are most proud of?
The cicada pin I made at the end of my first semester of metalsmithing school. It has multiple layers and movable wings. I designed it with techniques in mind that I had not mastered yet, and some that I had never tried before. Then I just started making it like I knew what I was doing. I was nervous the whole time that I would mess it up. It came together exactly how I wanted, and when I finished I couldn’t believe I had pulled it off.
Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
My favorite thing to do with metal is pierce work – sawing designs out of a sheet of metal with a fret saw. So I would make myself a life sized pair of wearable sterling silver fairy wings. I would saw out intricate designs on the wings with my fret saw, use rivets to create movable parts, and I’d set blue labradorite stones (my favorite) in a pattern on the wings.
whimsical creations for the imaginative mind