I was one of 4 women who presented their work & discussed the topic of COLLABORATION at a panel discussion on Monday evening at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota - sponsored by Women in Architecture. I spent a lot of time thinking about our collaborative process at silvercocoon and tried to illustrate it through the evolution of the design of our modern tree. I also touched on the idea that inspiration can come from working with other people - on other projects. I find this to be true with my jewelry...although inspiration comes from many places - some of which are easier to illustrate. These are a few of the images that I prepared for the talk - and thought I would share them here - as it gives you peak into the ideas spinning around in my head about some of the pieces I've created. (the middle b & w image is of one of my son's car-stacks - i am so enthralled with the way in which he plays!)