One day while going through my broken jewelry, I picked up a broken brooch. Although not perfect, it remained beautiful. When realizing it could not be repaired, I decided that there must be a way to not just recycle it, but use it in in such a manner that its beauty could still be spared. Recalling a recent visit to a museum in Paris where I had seen some beautiful art made from unusual materials, I decided that I could do the same with many of the old broken jewelry that I had collected over the years.
I began making art which I called “enchanted bricks.” I used all the broken or non-paired costume jewelry I had in my possession to create them. The first bricks I made were for people who throughout my personal and professional life, I considered to kind.
My next step was assigning a specific color which I felt reflected the theme for piece I would be working on. For example, I once selected the theme of hope. The color I felt would work for this particular piece was green. After going through all my green jewelry I would select what I felt would work. Often I would go downtown Ventura or Santa Barbara or on Ebay to buy specific pieces to go with the bricks. While making each brick I thought about the theme of hope and began to wish that this virtue would always be present in the life of the owner or owners of the artwork.
Since I began this project, I have had offers from those who after having seen them, asked me if I would take pieces from the costume jewelry of someone in their life who has recently passed away in their life and make them a brick. They wanted the brick to become a type of “shining light” of the person who had owned the jewelry as they believed the brick would reflect the beauty of its owner when finished. It takes approximately three to ten hours to make each of these pieces depending on the amount of materials I have on hand (or have been given to me) Therefore, based on my energy and time I only create two or three each year.