Welcome to my website! Along with creating recycled paper jewelry, I'm also a certified yoga teacher specializing in Restorative & Yin yoga, doTERRA essential oil educator, green living activist, guest blogger on Sufey.org, a Healing Touch Program student and Shakti Rising Master Teacher Training Program student.
My mother is a registered nurse and healing touch practitioner. Her experimentation with energetic work and healthy living lead me to explore natural remedies and alternative healing. I now have a passion for teaching people how to heal themselves and enhance their lives using essential oils and yoga.
My father is an artist with a degree in fine arts. He was fortunate enough to make a career out of it by managing and starting art programs on military bases while also selling his art in galleries and art shows. My school breaks included weekdays at Arts & Crafts departments experimenting with ceramics, pottery, painting, sketching, framing, metal work, stained glass, rock polishing and weekends in various towns gallery hopping.
I've continued experimenting with all things creative. I became interested in environmental issues, particularly recycling several years ago. RiffRaff Jewelry is a combination of two of my passions, creating and recycling. I love the idea of making something beautiful and wearable out of something we think is no longer usable.
Making recycled paper jewelry is a tedious and meticulous process which involves measuring, marking, cutting, sometimes painting, rolling beads, folding origami, glazing, drying, spraying, drying again, wiring and then finally assembling. I use magazines, calendars, damaged books and any other type of paper that can be repurposed. Paper lends a unique and delicate aspect to jewelry. I also make custom pieces using materials people provide that typically get tossed in a box or a photo album. And so each one-of-a-kind piece truly tells a story.
My two favorite creations are a paper version of a Victorian Era Cameo which is made with a Greek Mythology book and a Floating Origami Lily Necklace made with book pages and repurposed fishing line. The most common statement I hear about my jewelry is “you must be very patient." It’s a labor intensive process that I find to be inspiring, meditative and fulfilling.As a yoga teacher I specialize in Restorative and Yin Yoga. I love the gentle aspect of restorative yoga and the meditative and contemplative nature of Yin. In the spring I will begin offering Yin Yoga & Creativity Workshops by donation at West End Art Depot. This workshop is designed to activate creativity with a Yin series using essential oils followed by experiential healing through art including collaging, journaling, mandalas and more.
Several years ago I started slowly creating a website to store all the resources and tools I found scattered all over the web to make going green fun and easy. I've recently created a Green Living Tools Facebook Page to help spread the website that was once just for personal use. My goal is to make the daunting task of moving towards an environmentally and socially responsible life effortless!