After my second child Amelie was born, I decided it was time to learn how to use a sewing machine. As soon as I realized that if I ever wanted her to have a ‘Waldorf-inspired doll’ that I would have to fork over close to two hundred dollars, I decided that if I were going to invest that much money into something I’d prefer the time and love spent doing it myself so that it would be more meaningful to her one day. Thus began my obsession with making cool stuff.
Blue Papoose was inspired by a piece of jewelry my mother-in-law made for me years ago that I ventured to recreate one day because I always received so many compliments wearing it. I so enjoyed the process of selecting and sourcing rare and interesting beads, and deciding which ones looked best next to each other appealed to my creative brain as a Graphic Designer.
These bracelets contain carefully selected and sometimes rare beads, both old and new. Among them are Venetian-made African trade beads, Czech glass, bone, seed, shell, resin, ceramic, recycled glass, paper, Thai silver, brass, copper, semi-precious gemstones, my own handmade message beads, and vintage findings. No two ever the same, they are truly one of a kind.
Then came the crowns, inspired by a girlfriend who tasked me with the challenge of creating a crown for her daughter that would not break and wasn’t a ‘cheap piece of plastic’. I also make half aprons for adults and children and dresses.