I began creating about age 10, embroidering my clothes and later, doing textile art sculpture. As a young adult I traveled across the country doing craft shows, and in the process learned all kinds of crafty stuff: clothing construction, woodworking, and leather tooling. At one point I was given an opportunity to learn how to make handmade spotted-metal pipes for pipe organs in Cleveland, Ohio, which I did for a few years. I made my way back home to California (Northern) where I finally managed to get an education and a real job, as a paste-up girl in a newspaper. Nothing is all bad, though, because in that newspaper job I learned computers, journalism and graphic design on the fly, which I figured could serve me well in the future. I did that for as long as I could stand it. Sick to death of staring at a computer screen, I started playing with metal again, remembering my pipe-making days. I wanted to create wearable art. I fell in love with weaving chainmaille and forging shapes. In 2014 I founded Manes Ranch Designs and started featuring my work in the Gallery in Williams, then started an apprenticeship with Tom Williams, metal sculptor, also of Williams, and co-owner of The Gallery in Williams. Tom introduced me to the art of repousee, which is a way of forming relief by pushing the metal from the back with special tools. I use repousee in combination with chainmaille and other techniques to create beautiful pieces for adornment. I live in Williams, Arizona with Jack, my great-billed parrot.
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