I began making jewelry in High School and of course other things caught my interest, and I moved on to other creative endeavors. I majored in music in college, went on to do web design, and did lots of craftiness on the side. In 2008, I remembered how much enjoyment I got out of sitting down and creating something new and lovely.
I started expanding my skills, moving into simple wire wrapping and chainmaille, and I was hooked. I love working with jump rings to make the intricate chainmaille pieces. Being obsessive and also easily distracted (SQUIRREL!), I also started taking silver smithing classes to help that inner pyromaniac out a bit. Depending on my mood, most days I'll either be chainmailling on the couch next to my husband after our 2 kids are in bed, or sitting at my bench with my torch/hammer/saw/anvil. I've also started working with enamels - which is like opening a door on a whole new world.
I love working with metal to the extent that I even cut and tumble my own jump rings for chainmaille (which I do offer for sale, for others interested in chainmaille). I adore vintage materials (hello lucite!) and sterling silver, and love to play with the juxtaposition of old vs. new, light vs. dark, positive vs. negative.
I relocated from the DC metro area to the Denver CO area in 2011 with my husband of 12+ years and our 2 kids, who often have a say on the jewelry as it's being created! Lucky for me, it's usually, "Good job, Mom! That looks great!"
If I can help you with anything, just email me at amy at raine dot net. You can also find me all over the internet, as I am connected nearly intravenously!
2009-2011 student of Nick Barnes, The Art League, Alexandria, VA
December 2009 Art League Student Holiday Show and Sale
2010-2011 Northern VA Ladysmiths member
December 2010 Art League Student Holiday Show and Sale
2009-2011 Chainmaille instructor at Stars Beads, Vienna VA
Colorado Metalsmiths Association member (CoMA)
2013 Founding board member and Treasurer of Boulder Metalsmithing Association (BoMA)
Boulder Metalsmiths Association member (BoMA)
2013 Chainmaille and jump ring cutting demo for CoMA & BoMA
2013-present Chainmaille instructor from Clear Creek Academy of Metal Arts