It was the on the shores of Lake Michigan...
in the 1980’s, where I spent my childhood either with my nose in a book about faraway places or deep into making art. Endless curiosity and ambitious endeavors are the twin threads running through my life ever since.
The things that I am most proud of? Founding and running a handmade jewelry business in NYC for 15 years, and rebuilding a village in Nepal after the earthquake.
Aside from these major projects I have taken on fun and interesting side projects and adventures; learning traditional lost-wax sculpture in Nepal, performing Balinese dance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, organizing an annual event for a Brazilian martial arts group, designing costumes for a festival in Bali, and teaching New Yorkers ancient metalsmithing techniques in Midtown Manhattan.
Amidst the creativity and fun, my life has been marked by difficult events and turning points. Walking through fire over and over has forged my strength.
Determination and the will to prevail awaken my ambition after every difficult period.
Grieving the death of my father, I retreated to his workshop and discovered that I loved to work in metal.
Seeing a study Study in Nepal poster on the wall of my university just weeks after becoming obsessed with that country via a National Geographic article.
Taking a risk to start my jewelry business after coming face to face with mortality in NYC on 9/11.
Starting a village rebuilding project in Nepal after seeing my beloved second home in ruins after the 2015 earthquake.
2018 finds me making jewelry, planning for future projects in Nepal and learning about how to apply design thinking to international development and business. I'm plotting my next adventure, to weave together all of the strands of experiences, creativity, and a desire to serve the world.
In the meantime, reach out if you want a piece of custom jewelry.
Or visit the site of my non-profit Sangsangai to support our ongoing projects in Nepal.