I am an artist who is Brooklyn-bred and Bay Area based. I'm a college graduate and have held positions as diverse as bookstore clerk, journal editor, university instructor and mindfulness facilitator. As an undergraduate, I majored in English, African American Studies and Women's Studies because I wanted to get a fuller picture of what it means to be black and female in the culture. I have written about women and representation and I continue to follow the trail onto new paths that are both exciting and new.
I came late to metal work but I'm proud to say that I live and work as an artist. My mediums are precious metals; I create wearable art and have begun to work on 3 dimensional pieces in sterling, fine silver and 14K and 18K gold.
Currently, I've been afforded an opportunity to apprentice in Dakar, Senegal with a 5th generation master goldsmith. From late December, 2017 until the end of January, 2018, I lived and worked in Dakar studying traditional methods of smithing. I have been asked by this master to return in June, 2018 for a period of 6 months intensive study. I feel honored and humbled to have this access; in Senegal, they have a saying that "women don't wield the hammer". I have been blessed to get this training directly from a master.
And then I get to share it.
Because women do, indeed, wield the hammer.