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I have always been a creative person and even wanted to be a buyer for a fashion and accessories store growing up. Not until 2006 did I realize that I would enjoy creating the fashion and accessories myself. I started out designing jewelry as a form of occupational therapy when I broke my neck in August of 2006, leaving me paralyzed. I had troubles with the strength and dexterity in my hands and my occupational therapist had me string beads to help regain some of this function. From that point, I enjoyed creating one of a kind pieces for friends, family, and myself. I received many compliments on my work over the years and realized this is something I could make into a career. I started slowly with local festivals and craft shows, and now I am partnered with a handful of local stores in the greater Columbus area as a local handmade vendor and have an great online following. You can find these stores and all events on the "Events and Around Town" tab.
What inspires me?
What inspires me is my disability. Not being able to walk without assistance pushes me physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively everyday. I was told at the time of my accident that I had less than 1% chance of moving again from my chest down. Since then, with a lot of hard work, I am able to walk short distances with my walker. Knowing that I can still be successful and do what I love is very important to me, but encouraging the rest of the disabled community to follow their dreams is even more important. Just as I use inspiration in my art, my pieces often reflect that with use of inspirational quotes and words. I know everyone needs a little encouragement now and then and why not wear a piece that really speaks to you and can remind you of the person you are or strive to be.