After a successful career as an Art Director and Graphic Designer, I found hot glass as a medium for creating art with my hands again rather than a computer. Using a tabletop torch, I heat the glass until it’s molten, then shape and decorate it all while it is hot and untouchable. The resulting beads and other items are then annealed in a kiln for long-term durability. I try and share a little bit of myself within every piece. My new work is incorporating the glass into other forms of art with mixed media.
Stained Glass introduced me to the world of glass. Moving into fusing glass gave me more wiggle room and freedom of expression.Now that I am in the world of lampworking I am able to be very spontaneous making beads, I follow the direction of the molten glass, I love texture and I love color.
I make work paying tribute to Chicago’s history and architecture, from home and building portraits to maps of the city’s landmarks. I work mainly in pen and ink, with occasional digital watercolor, and offer custom work, original pieces, and prints using a variety of methods.
We are mother/daughter bead weavers, working with Swarovski crystals and pearls, gemstones and Czech glass beads, to create contemporary and elegant bracelets, pendants and earrings. We also happen to be 5th and 6th generation Chicagoans with close ties to the neighborhood and have exhibited at RAW since 2014.
Snail Mail Security is an ongoing series of prints of paper collage. Each print is an edition of one. The paper comes from the interior of found business envelopes that have come through the mail. Mail that carries sensitive and important information is sent in special envelopes that have Security Features.
Terra Elementa, handmade Artisan jewelry features unique and original designs handcrafted by Chicago artist Nancy Cusick. One-of-a-kind jewelry specializing in mixed elements, natural organic stones, unusual findings and recycled materials.