What is the mission of Thicket Jewelry?
Thicket is meant for anyone who has ever loved a small corner of landscape. It’s a collection that contains the botany of forests and fields and yet also the botany of our daily lives: those tiny wildernesses.
I grew up in New Hampshire where my time was spent traipsing through the woods, catching wood frogs and spotted salamanders, working on farms, caring for animals. In college I worked as a caretaker in Hopkins Memorial Forest where I did trail work, tapped sugar maples, and assisted in an amphibian migration study.
Landscape, and my place within it, has been an integral part of my life. My love of the tactile, of working with my hands, and of what is functional, has led me to a life in design. Thicket is my interweaving of landscape and design.
The jewelry begins with casting found and foraged botanical samples in sterling silver and 14k gold. Each piece is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques in my Charlottesville, Virginia studio.
What is Thicket's origin story?
Thicket began out of my fascination with the natural world and the landscape around me. Each botanical piece is a small part of that landscape that you can carry with you.
What is one of your favorite projects you've ever worked on?
I had a request for a custom pair of earrings and it turned out the customer was a professor at the small, liberal arts college I attended — our paths hadn't crossed while I was there. I loved the serendipity of discovering that and I love it when I know where something I've spent time making is heading.
How are you a "wedding space disrupter”?
Mainstream jewelry is fraught with environmental destruction and issues of social justice. All we see is a the shiny, sparkly result. I'm committed to making jewelry that does as little harm as possible and does good wherever it can along the way. I source reclaimed metals, work with small companies, and keep my studio practices as sustainable as they can be.
What three ingredients are necessary for a great day at Thicket?
Tea + podcasts + my dog Arthur keeping me company in the studio.
What are some traits of your ideal client?
I love working with customers who value where items come from and how they were made — who are excited about Thicket's commitment to sustainability.
Thicket is minimal jewelry inspired by the natural world.