Before there was a Neon Zinn logo, a website, or any clientele to speak of, there was a box of raw cotton rope sitting on my studio floor and a looming deadline. For the previous 20 years I had been moving from painting and printmaking to performance and installation, so after finishing my latest installation it was no surprise that I was at a creative crossroads, searching for the next wave of inspiration. Agreeing to be part of a jewelry show in a friend's gallery and then deciding to make necklaces from rope started me down this path into fashion, design, retail, and wearable art.
Since the beginning my focus has been one of exploring the possibilities inherent in this simple material. During the first few years, as many necklaces were un-made as were finished. I never let myself get too practical because I was having too much fun discovering how far I could push these newfound forms. Over time my hand skills have become more refined, my techniques more developed, my dye coloration more sophisticated, and the pressures of making a living as an artist/designer felt more acutely. Still...
I love the challenges of making something artistic that can be worn by another person. I love the community of creatives I get to collaborate with across a wide range of fields. I love that you are here reading this and hopefully feeling inspired by what you've seen. Thank you for taking the time to support independent designers such as myself.