Asters & Amethyst Collection

Bright purple asters
Lighting up the forest floor
Painting late summer once more
-Janice Hagey

This current collection is based on my drawings of asters which then formed a repeat pattern and became the focus of most of the pieces.

Learning Pattern Design

Pattern design has a rich history. Inspiration can be pulled from everywhere, including nature, math, fashion, interior decor and art history are just a few ideas. Doing a deep dive into patterns in art history will lead to designs from the Middle East to Asia. To understand more formal pattern design such as symmetry, the book Pattern Design, by Lewis F. Day is informative. For more modern approaches to patterns, there are many books and online courses that are helpful. Make it in Design and Bonnie Christine on Skillshare are two very good sources for learning.

New Directions

In 2017, I moved back home from Southern California, to Ontario Canada. My dad had been diagnosed with a degenerative illness in 2010, which was just after beginning my jewelry career. For many years I travelled back and forth helping out for weeks and sometimes months at a time. My dad passed away this year and was a harrowing journey of hospital stays and caring for him at home. My mom and I were by his side at home. It was painful to see a man capable of so many things slip away.

Blacksmithing Day

The art of blacksmithing takes us back to the iron age in history, however medieval times comes to mind for most people when thinking about forging steel in hot ovens.

Learning to hammer steel is something that I have always wanted to try. When I found Los Angeles based non-profit, Adam's Forge, a few years ago, that desire became a reality. I was never brave enough to sign up for the class alone, so I enlisted the company of my partner to check it out with me. He was all in even though his art, illustration and design is more cerebral.

Manda's Wrap Around Mother's Ring

The challenge with doing custom projects is charting new territory, which can cause unexpected things to happen.

Last year at about this time, I created a mother's ring for a woman who had seen a ring on my CustomMade website and wanted something similar. We ended up creating a variation with rough stones, which was a fairly new area for me. The ring I created is featured in a previous blog post.

Year in Review

2015 was a year all about family. My sister came down to California for several months and we had a blast. I was also busy making her 14k white gold anniversary rings. It was a very big job for me and I was thrilled to work on them. After several trials and tribulations on how I was going to approach it, I finally felt that hand engraving them would be the way to go. Using a push engraver, I created the leaves by hand. Here are some process photos and the finished rings I sent off to her.


"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything" -unknown

Just completed a Surface Pattern Design Class

I just finished up a Surface Pattern Design Class with "The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design." Very Inspirational!

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