I have collected many of the tools, minerals, pigments, and materials that I use in my work during my travels. These unusual, and in some cases rare items are the result of 30 years of searching and experimenting, trying to merge traditional skills into modern arts. From lapis lazuli acquired in Afghanistan at a time when the world was a much different place, to rare papers excavated from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, to brass punches and rollers discovered in dingy binderies in New York, these are some of the tools and materials that I use to create my work.
Some, like the red coral, can be ground into a powder and used in illuminations to create a light-refracting shimmer to the piece. Others, like the dried snake and stretched lizard (from a Chinese apothecary in Toronto), just seemed like the kinds of things an alchemist ought to have at hand. And of course, my construction tools, while very basic, rarely sit unused for long.