I discovered metalsmithing in 2006 through a class at the Indianapolis Art Center. I now teach as well. I work in Argentium Sterling Silver (Sterling is 925-Argentium is 930has more silver an alloy to retard tarnishing none that cause allergic reaction) I add handmade chain-woven in traditional patterns or built by torch of my own design. Elements added through acid etching forging accents w/other metals or stones. Im also fulfilling a goalto give back to Dr. George Sledge who in 1986 gave me my last 27 years as a two time breast cancer survivor. The Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University 100 Voices of Hope funds research hunches for solutions to cure breast cancer & ultimately picked up with research grant dollars. 25% of the sale of each heart I make goes directly to fund research. Since 2011 I have donated over $5 000one heart at a timeto help their researchers find answers & give people hearts to keep or to share with others on their own personal journey.
Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park: 374
Buffalo Grove Art Festival: 127
North Shore Festival of Art at Old Orchard: 73