Growing-up with an architect father, I began absorbing modern design principles at an early age. I’ve spent most of my life exploring connections between art, design, craft and architecture. I cofounded Silvercocoon in 2001 with my husband as a means to work on projects across disciplines. Our design approach encompasses everything we do, from how we garden to how we shovel and ultimately how we create and design. So, you could say that Silvercocoon is our life’s work. Residential design, art installations, products, and graphic work blend into family life with our two young sons. We work collaboratively on some projects and pursue others alone. I launched the Silvercocoon Jewelry line in November 2007. It is my solo identity within our larger lifestyle brand.
We work out of a basement studio in our 1953 architect designed rambler in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With 9ft ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, bathroom, sauna and nearly 1000sqft designated for office and workshop, our basement is unlike any basement you might imagine! We flip a coin to see who gets to work in the Silvercocoon - our 1966 Airstream that is parked in our backyard. I design all of my jewelry components in AutoCAD, which are then laser cut out of wood or acrylic by a local partner Back in my studio, I then finish parts and hand assemble the jewelry using sterling silver components and incorporating leather and wool. On any given day I can be working on broad concepts for an interior design project and then shift to the minute details of constructing a necklace, methodical packaging of orders, or the serious business of building LEGOS with my boys!
Everyday life inspires me. The idea that design can improve people’s lives motivates me. The year I spent living in Finland as an AFS exchange student, illustrated for me the power of making good design accessible to everyone. Companies like Fiskars, Nokia, Marimekko, Hackman, Arabia, Iittala make products that can essentially be considered standard issue. I used the same design of silverware at home, at my friend’s house, at school, and in restaurants. Everybody gets the good stuff, which means even the most mundane tasks are celebrated and enhanced by beautiful and thoughtful details. I translate those lessons into my mission to inspire real women of all ages to celebrate themselves daily. In a world where women are bombarded with images that suggest how they should look, I want my jewelry to impact how they FEEL. Women tell me all the time how many compliments they receive when they wear Silvercocoon jewelry and they glow as they relay the stories to me. That fuels my fire!
To me American Made means making a choice. I choose to work with local suppliers, to build meaningful partnerships within our own country, and to produce in small batches by hand as I strive to fulfill the American dream. People who purchase American Made are also making a choice to consume differently and to make a statement. It is a meaningful investment to support fellow Americans and to purchase high quality items that will serve them well. Choosing American Made is like choosing organic produce. It is better for everyone, it is more sustainable, and yet it is still a choice that only some are able to make, or that some can make only part of the time. We all need to start somewhere and do the best we can with what we’ve got. Big change can be made with small intentional steps.
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