About

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, artist, gardener and friend. I love cooking and eating delicious food, travel, the mountains, the ocean, camping, snow skiing, tennis, horses, and my beloved dogs. I grew up in a culturally rich Italian background, have a deep love for my family and friends and I treasure our time together. I’ve worked as an elf (pointy shoes and all), bookkeeper, make-up artist, garden designer, interior designer, custom clothing and costume designer, Fimo artist, metalsmith, and now, shrink plastic artist. My husband and I bought a ramshackle 100 year old stone house in the Santa Cruz Mountains years ago and we spent many years remodeling, adding onto and lovingly restoring every last inch. During this time I was also an avid gardener and a busy mother of three.

I began a Fimo Jewelry line that was sold in shops around the country until I was seduced by metal. I have studied metalsmithing for eight years and have participated in classes at the college level as well as attended workshops across the country. I especially love chasing and repousse and my recent works are inspired by historic fashion and costume and include the techniques of wire wrapping, as well as metal fabrication and include many materials, including vintage seed beads, vintage metal and enameled flowers, silk and prismacolor pencil. My work has been included in many juried shows, as well as in print. I have been a keynote speaker at the Oakland Museum, where I presented a biography of my work to date. Although currently Mama’s Little Babies is delightfully consuming, I also produce a mid-range metal jewelry line for several galleries, as well as create a few one-of-a-kind pieces for various juried shows throughout the year that I am invited to participate in.

Mama’s Little Babies evolved from my love of Victorian illustrations that I have collected for many years. When I began playing with techniques for the Mama’s Little Babies line, I instantly grabbed my beloved illustrations and was really excited to be able to use them so literally. I am inspired by the Victorian era for many reasons, some of them being the absolute over the top use of detail and embellishment (more is more!), their lively curiosity in the natural world and habit of collecting specimens and bits and pieces from around the world. Many of the images I use have a whimsical, tongue in cheek aspect to them which I find irresistible.

Mama’s Little Babies is sold on-line as well as in many shops and galleries around the world.