Jewelry- One of a kind pieces, wire-wrapping shells and gemstones
As a Jersey girl who transplanted to Dallas, Texas, then Cleveland, Ohio, and now Cape Coral, Florida, I’ve taken my quirky creativity everywhere I’ve been. From obsessively making macramé string bracelets at nine to crocheting massive afghans at twenty to madly wire-wrapping shells and gemstones at (ahem) forty-something…I’ve been creating with my hands for as long as I can remember.
To me, there is something so meditative and therapeutic about taking what seems like a million disjointed pieces and unifying them into a single cohesive piece. I can (and do) sit in the same spot for hours, utterly and blissfully focused on whatever my hands are working on.
I have been making and selling jewelry part time since 2011. My work has been presented in many juried group exhibits including Sanibel Masters, Cape Coral Arts Festival, Sanibel Rotary Art Show, WaterFire Sharon, Screw Factory Open Studio, St. John Westshore Festival of the Arts, Olmsted Festival of the Arts, Cleveland by Hand, Tremont Arts Festival and multiple Avant-Garde Art Shows.
I've always had a thing for water. I think it’s because it’s so majestic, powerful, dazzlingly marvelous and so…well…flowy. My friends think it’s because I’ve got such a dramatic, fiery personality. Perhaps we’re both right.
Living in Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years, I would frequent waterfalls in all kinds of weather and Lake Erie whenever possible. So when I vacationed in Captiva for the first time in 2012, I nearly lost my ever-loving mind! I was constantly gasping with delight (and squealing, jumping up & down and clapping my hands, but I digress). The natural splendor everywhere I looked absolutely captivated me. (Heh heh heh. Captivated. See what I did there?)
I traveled up and down the island multiple times. Checking the tide chart the night before, I would time my visits to Turner Beach, Blind Pass, Bowmans and Lighthouse Beach so I could be at each of them at absolute low tide and find whatever beach bling the Gulf would offer.
Obsessed much? Perhaps.
But the shells! The glorious shells!!!
I knew I was onto something that would be influential for the rest of my life.
My father, who was almost eighty at the time, was living about 30 miles south of Cleveland. During the winter of 2014 (it was a doozy!), he called me and said, “Heather, I just don’t want to winter anymore!”
My heart soared. I said, “Daddy, I know just the place! Let’s go!!”
We both sold our houses; I left my job as an Accounts Payable Manager (of all things); and we were happily ensconced in Cape Coral, Florida within six months, both of us living the dream.
My dream is to turn my ability to create beautiful, shiny things into a career. Daddy’s dream is to actively and vigorously practice retirement. We’re both doing an excellent job.
I love this place. I feel more at home here than I have ever felt anywhere. Sanibel and Captiva make my soul sing. It is truly joyful, an honor and a privilege, to share my creations with you.