About Historically Inspired Designs
Historically Inspired Designs began in 2006, almost by accident! While looking for ways to pay the mortgage on my new-old house in Richmond's eclectic Northside, I began creating jewelry for sale at Historic Jamestowne during the hectic 400th anniversary year. Focused on providing high-quality, affordable hand-crafted jewelry for the museum store market, the business expanded quickly. Historically Inspired Designs products can now be found at museum stores across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 2007, I expanded Historically Inspired Designs to focus more attention on the retail market. My products can now be found on numerous websites including Etsy, Homegrownmarket, Mintd, and Dawanda. I can also be found at select fine craft shows and markets around the southeast.
My nine-to-five job is working as a museum curator, so I spend my days steeped in the past and it has deeply influenced my style. My jewelry is inspired by the materials, patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the past. I love to work with ceramic, glass, freshwater pearls, cloisonne, and sterling silver as well as a wide variety of found and salvaged objects. My emphasis is on creating classic and modern designs that both evoke the past and are completely wearable today.