I have a tear catcher dated from the 1800’s that makes me wonder about its back story every time I run my fingers over the inscription which reads J.J. to M.W. March 26 1818. This was in part the inspiration behind the ‘Gardener’s Valentines,' also loosely based on sailor’s valentines. Exploring relationship is not new to my work, but I've set myself the task of making heirlooms. As artists we watch as collections make their way to the secondary market. I am curious to explore what makes an object dear; dear enough that it transcends the original owners, and acquires its own magic. 
       
     
Tear Catcher
       
     
Eternally Yours
       
     
Always Think of Me
       
     
My Funny Valentine
       
     
With All My Love: Sunflower
       
     
With All My Love: Posy
       
     
Traditional Valentine
       
     
Tea For Two
       
     
Eternal Devotion
       
     
 I have a tear catcher dated from the 1800’s that makes me wonder about its back story every time I run my fingers over the inscription which reads J.J. to M.W. March 26 1818. This was in part the inspiration behind the ‘Gardener’s Valentines,' also loosely based on sailor’s valentines. Exploring relationship is not new to my work, but I've set myself the task of making heirlooms. As artists we watch as collections make their way to the secondary market. I am curious to explore what makes an object dear; dear enough that it transcends the original owners, and acquires its own magic. 
       
     

I have a tear catcher dated from the 1800’s that makes me wonder about its back story every time I run my fingers over the inscription which reads J.J. to M.W. March 26 1818. This was in part the inspiration behind the ‘Gardener’s Valentines,' also loosely based on sailor’s valentines. Exploring relationship is not new to my work, but I've set myself the task of making heirlooms. As artists we watch as collections make their way to the secondary market. I am curious to explore what makes an object dear; dear enough that it transcends the original owners, and acquires its own magic. 

Tear Catcher
       
     
Tear Catcher

Front and back. 1.5"h

Eternally Yours
       
     
Eternally Yours

13.5"h x 13.5"l x 2.5"d - 2007

Always Think of Me
       
     
Always Think of Me

16"h x 16"l x 2.5"d- 2007

My Funny Valentine
       
     
My Funny Valentine

12"hx 12"l x 2"d - 2008

With All My Love: Sunflower
       
     
With All My Love: Sunflower

18"h x 18"l x 2.5"d -2007

With All My Love: Posy
       
     
With All My Love: Posy

18"h x 18"l x 2.5"d - 2007

Traditional Valentine
       
     
Traditional Valentine

18"hx 18"l x 2.5"d - 2007

Tea For Two
       
     
Tea For Two

18"h x 18l x 2.5"d 2007

Eternal Devotion
       
     
Eternal Devotion

14"h x 14"l x 2.5"d- 2007