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.bluereverie32


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?

The first thing I ever made from metal was a plain copper ring with a hammered texture.  I remember being so proud of it, even though it was so simple.bluereverie5


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