Photo by Steve Donaldson
Born in New York in 1972, and brought to Miami10 months later, I drew inspiration and education from my mother, Alma. My mother was a home economics teacher, always sewing, cooking, and crafting. I made sure to pay attention, and together we produced high quality beaded jewelry. I loved the outdoors and fishing and moved to North Port Florida in 2005. My mother soon followed and we continued with the side gig. Sadly, during the 2008 economic crisis, selling jewelry fell below buying food and shelter. I packed up my beads and called it a day.
My then boyfriend and now husband, loves the outdoors and hiking also. I vowed to follow him anywhere. Love that guy! While on a local hike in North Port, I spotted a rabbit skull on the ground. The skull was laying in a manner that I could see all of the small ornate nasal passages inside. This perfect pattern was made in nature, and I was fascinated and hooked on bones from that day forward. I did as much research as I could about sourcing bones, cleaning and preserving them. I also researched Florida laws and started collecting. I even had a subscription which delivered a skull a month for 2 years. This really jump started my personal collection.
During this research period, I stumbled across bone jewelry and because the bones were free for me, I started making jewelry again. This time incorporating the BONES! I loved what I saw but knew that I could make it different somehow. I like my bones brilliantly white. Pure and unadulterated. I also like a "Run Way" appeal to my designs. What started off as Christmas gifts, turned into "GET TO WORK! I PUT YOU IN A CRAFT SHOW". My mother in law, Linda, put me in a craft show and it has been a beautiful journey. Thank you Linda.
I am proud and humbled to have won several awards for my work and have been featured in the local newspapers and magazines.
Now several years into the craft, it has brought me to a great understanding. The pleasure is all mine to present to you the way I see bones. Bone adornment goes back to ancient times. To protect the wearer and to identify families. As talismans to assure good health and good living. To bless! To give respect to death. To educate and inspire. To remind us about the first time we went to the Natural History Museum. To be curious again. We have recently begun a educational program whereas I speak to youth groups and organizations about fossils and modern bones.
I wish to inspire future artist to chase whatever creative dreams may come to them. Although, my mother has now passed, I continue to draw inspiration from her teachings and the many wondrous displays of nature around me. Thank you so much for your love and support.
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April 2019 2nd Place 3D, Mini Magic Theme "Draco Minimaforma" North Port Art Center
May 2019 3rd Place 3D, Garden Squares Theme "Bone Blossoms" North Port Art Center
September 2019 1st Place 3D, Parks & Recreation Theme "Easily Amused" North Port Art Center
February 2020 3rd Place 3D, Coastal Inspirations Theme "FantaSea" North Port Art Center
June 2021 1st Place 2D, Get Inspired by Second Chances theme "Milky Way" in acrylic. North Port Art Center
January 8th, 2020 "Something a little different" Sun Newspaper GO!
September/October 2020 Gasparilla Island Magazine "Flesh & Bone"
October 2020 Harbor Style Magazine/Venice Style Magazine
Photo by Steve Donaldson
Michele Moore took 1st Place in June 2021 for the themed show of "Get Inspired by Second Chances" at the North Port Art Center. Michele and her husband Phillip are both members of the NPAC and take classes and workshops. Both enjoy soft pastels as their preferred medium.
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