It began because I was trying to figure out what to do with pieces of my grandmother's old jewelry that I'd held onto for decades -- scraps of the forgotten excess of the Art Deco era that were too lovely to discard but too old- fashioned to wear. Eventually this led to my own line of one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage pieces, wedding accessories and later brooch bouquets.

The daughter of a fine arts painter and an industrial designer, I've had a pretty eclectic upbringing, living for spells in Japan, France, India and England. My roots, however, are in California. Living overseas made me reflect on the lifestyle here -- the angled light and sea air, the crumpled terrain and buried past – rusted, shuttered canneries, splintered gray piers and bleached deco buildings.

I try to bring this breadth to each piece I hand-fashion in my Southern California studio.