With her love of nature, it is only fitting that Michelle's designs are a direct reflection of nature. Her pieces combine the elements and textures of nature with the use of natural stone, fine silver, sterling and copper often combined with found natural objects like acorns and twigs. Michelle says, "It can happen anywhere. A uniquely shaped leaf, a twig, or an acorn on the ground and I am transported to a place in my mind that I cannot ignore. Until that piece of nature finally is transformed into a piece of jewelry I obsess." ďHow do I make this wearable art, give it movement, balance, a new life? Should it be a fantastical piece or a piece that can be lived in everyday. I challenge myself to find a way to design a work that eternalizes that fleeting perfect moment in nature with a stylish timelessness.
It was 20 years ago in a stone cutting class at UT Austin that the ah-ha light came on and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and only recently that I have decided to do it for me! Iíve expireinced it all, Cartier, Bulgari, Iíve repaired and refurbished jewelry for the finest antique jewelers in the country and Iíve been inspired by them all. I love jewels! I love wearable, livable jewelry. Jewels are meant to be worn and lived in, not holed away in the dark safety deposit box.
Recently I have been taking old vintage and antique jewelry finds and giving them new life by reinterpreting them into something modern and wearable. My repurposed jewels are a balance of metals and textures, old and new, real and faux, wearable, livable art. "