As a jeweler and educator, making wearable objects and sharing information about the importance of making purposeful objects has been at the forefront of my pedagogical identity. Through teaching metal craft, and making custom jewelry, I have traveled through parts of our nation that had less than I could have imagined, and whose educational systems were almost not functional. Deprived of basic educational funds, health education, and resources for developing female adolescents, I found myself wanting to utilize my knowledge and skill set to improve these circumstances.
Utero, a line of pendants, earrings, brooches, was born from this experience. The shape of the female reproductive system inspired the design of each piece in this growing collection. The goal of this line is to create jewelry that becomes a symbol of female unity while providing the purpose of fundraising. This line handcrafted jewelry serves to raise money for organizations that help to provide education and funding for reproductive health. In establishing this line of jewelry, I aimed to highlight a woman’s instinct to nurture her fellow woman through this act of unity, support, education, and love.