Are there any other artists you would like to collaborate with in the near future?

Silver-Crystal-Tomb-NecklaceI’ve recently been collaborating with artist Paul Romano. He’s an amazing painter and designer, I am incredibly lucky to have him in my life. We will be showing together in the above mentioned gallery show and it’s based on the place where the forest meets the sea. Lately we have been collecting forest debris to build installations that will house our respective works. I have ambitions to work on building small boats, which I feel like I’ve been talking about doing for ages and will finally be getting around to.

Who are some of your most influential style icons?

I’m incredibly drawn to the work of Canadian designer Audrey Cantwell who designs and creates clothing under the label Ovate. I wear a lot of her work and believe it is important to support other independent designers. Aside from her clothing, her entire vision, which you can take a peek at on her Instagram, is amazing and inspiring.

What are some of your favorite materials to utilize in your work?

Sterling silver is by far my favorite material. It makes my work more expensive, which is a choice I struggled with early on, but ultimately stand behind. It is a semi-precious metal that develops such a beautiful patina or shine depending on the natural oils and acids in the skin (that we all have) of the person wearing it. In a way, it becomes a kind of psychic armor. It will last forever if taken care of properly, won’t turn your skin green the way brass does. It is really beautiful and I love working with it. I also love working with natural crystals and gemstones, they add an energy and beauty to the silver. Mostly I work with objects that already exist such as bird claws, bones, shells, or antiques. I liken my work to collage, (Max Ernst is a great inspiration, a kind of patron Saint to Blood Milk) utilizing the essences or stories of these pre-existing objects and manipulating them into something new that I’m also able to imbue my own story with.

I would like to take the opportunity to extend a big thank you to Jess for being such a gracious participant. If you want to know more about her wonderfully mystic creations, be sure to check out her Etsy shop where you can purchase all of the items listed, as well as take part in her weekend sale beginning April 12th through to the 15th. All items will be reduced 15% from the original price, excluding pieces with natural crystals or gemstones. If you want to receive an extra 5% off your purchase, simply enter DEATHTAX13 at time of checkout.

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