About the Artist
My unique jewelry begins with lovely bits of foraged birch bark I collect on my woodland walks. I harvest only small, choice bits from carefully selected specimens along my path. I generally cover 3-5 miles to fill a knapsack with just a few special pieces of bark that I deem suitable for jewelry. Back in the studio, I clean and shape the bark, refine edges and add protective finishes. Then I combine with precious metal accents to create each design, and add a metallic resin backing for lasting beauty.
Over the past decade, I have so enjoyed witnessing people as they first discover my work- it is wonderful to watch their smile grow with recognition of something familiar and beloved in a totally new context. I think of them as kindred spirits- fellow travelers who, like me, love to work in their gardens or wander the woods, and are keenly observant of the natural world.
Preferred Audiences: College, Adult
Disciplines: Jewelry, Crafts
Patricia Flynn / Birch Artisans9 Gould Street
Portland ME 04101