I’ve always been a bit of a magpie, drawn to jewelry, and odds and ends. Fun beads, unicorns, crucifixes, and especially shiny things have a tendency to capture my attention and set my imagination wildly aflame — a bit of crystal, the glimmer of diamonds. Extra points if I make something I can wear out. I only started working with the beads when I had my son and he brought out the big kid in me. I have always been a collector of beads though, gathering treasures on trips to the flea markets, Catholic Churches and toy stores. New York plays a huge roll in my creative process. The trends pop up and fade out so fast it challenges me to find new inspirations and ideas. You have everything at your fingertips in a city like this — I don’t think I have ever been as inspired as I have been decorating my apartment and my client's homes since moving here over a year ago. I definitely had a deeper Montreal carefree vibe in my designs while living in the Midwest, but I think my designs since being in NY have become more structured and concrete, which pretty much describes NYC, right?
Here are some of my most cherished pieces I collected and curated along the way, displayed on a vintage dress form I repainted (from my moms lingerie boutique, CRML) in my all-white NY apartment. Images styled and captured by Norajuku.