Ossuaria Jewelry is a high-end line of elegant accessories made from natural bones and skulls. Each piece is harvested, cleaned, and fashioned by hand to create bold and dramatic adornments for people with an eccentric side.
Ossuaria Jewelry began in 2009 when I melded two of my true loves: fashion and dissection. With a background in criminology, I attended several autopsies and embalmings. I was continually captivated by the structures that support the body, and believed they were alluring enough to hold a place outside the skin as well.
I gather my materials primarily from roadkill, farms and ranches - though I occasionally use other reputable sources as well. I deflesh, degrease, and sterilize all the bones myself. It is an incredibly time-intensive process, but being hands-on keeps me connected to the animals that provide me with these materials. For me to create, something had to die, and I am honoring their lives by giving them a second chance at being something beautiful.
My work has been displayed in numerous galleries, including La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles for their 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show, and their 3rd & 4th Annual Coaster Shows, and at Arch Enemy Arts, Future Gallery, and Tornado Gallery. I received Showcase Designer status during Austin Fashion Week, participating in a trunk show and a runway event. My jewelry has also been in multiple magazines, including Vogue Deutsch, Gothic Beauty, UK's Making Magazine, and on countless blogs such as Haute Macabre, Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Bizarre and Oddity Central. My jewelry has even been worn on television, including by pop-metal icon Poppy on an episode of Dragula, by Geraldine Viswanathan on an episode of Miracle Workers, and my work was also featured on Galileo, a German television program that focuses on scientific oddities.
My jewelry has also been used for events- including the Austin Fashion Awards, Austin Zombie Ball, Convergence runway show, Stephen Moser’s Made in Heaven runway show, TLR's Dia de los Muertos event, and the Royal Court of Ashes - orchestrated by artist and videographer Charlie Terrell.
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