Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the age of 13, I found refuge in Germany following a civil war that broke out in 2002 . There I lived until the age of 20 when my family and I relocated to the USA.
Needles to say my life has been a turbulent adventure. Coming from a culture that has been overshadowed by conflict, broken relationships and lost ambitions, for many years I have searched for a way to soothe and resolve painful memories. It is my belief that on this journey this was exactly the reason I immersed myself in arts.
I started creating jewelry in my early twenties and soon it became an essential part of my life. I did not have formal training and the urge to create pushed me on to teach myself the art of making jewelry.
I do not follow any particular philosophy when I work. I simply love what I do and have a deep need to create beauty in the harsh world that we live in. My work is a meditation to me and it keeps me emotionally and spiritually centered.
I prefer to work intuitively rather than sketching designs ahead of time. The colors and textures of the materials I work with guide me through the design process.
Sometimes the feel and look of gemstones and metals is all the inspiration I need, other times I turn to nature, architecture and cultural artifacts for inspiration.