I often think about my pieces geometrically and use math to explore simple and delicate designs. I have also found that my Middle Eastern roots are infused into my aesthetic. Growing up in a house full of my mother’s paintings, sculptures, and collection of Middle Eastern ornaments gave me an appreciation for handmade goods and an inclination to create.
A lot comes into play to give dimension and spirit to my jewelry. It starts with a flash that leads to drafting a unique design, then selecting and combining gemstones that click into place. I continue with the meticulous yet meditating practice of making the jewelry. The best part is sharing it with others. Knowing that my jewelry brings joy, romance, or confidence to someone inspires me to create.
I have loved jewelry since I was a little girl playing with my mother’s jewels. However, my path to designing jewelry was not linear. I took up woodworking, screen-printing, and painting before finding my passion in jewelry. Ultimately, I found that designing jewelry perfectly embodies my love for geometry, color, pattern, and sculpture.
In primary school, my focus was always on Math. I excelled in the subject at a young age and assumed I would continue in my father's footsteps to become an engineer. While studying engineering for 2 years, I began to connect with my creative side and decided engineering was not for me.
In 2007 I graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Art & Design and minors in Industrial Design and Middle Eastern Studies. Those studies became the building blocks for developing my aesthetic. Later, I furthered my jewelry making skills with classes at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA including classes in Metalsmithing, Stone Setting, Casting, and Filigree & Granulation.
I now work out of my light filled home studio in the beautiful Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. You can find me there making jewelry, sipping tea, and juggling life as a mom, wife, and entrepreneur.