The Story Behind Merry & Mod
Merry & Mod is named in honor of my grandmothers, Mary Knutson and Maude Craven. Mary and Maude met in Grants Pass, Oregon in the early 1940s. They were quick to laugh and effortlessly graceful. Mary’s husband Cliff was the manager of Montgomery Ward and Maude’s husband Lev was the manager of JC Penney. Mary had three daughters; Maude had three sons, then many years later a little girl, Mary Kay. My parents met as babies and shared a desk briefly during third grade.
For me, my grandmothers’ memories evoke the personification of a family’s love and support, good taste, and class. Merry & Mod defines a festive spirit and a modern, yet timeless sensibility to personal style.
I design and create limited-edition jewelry in my home studio in Central Oregon. Pieces are comfortable to wear, playfully feminine, and surprisingly colorful. The jewelry moves with you, adding kinetic grace to its visual appeal. I fashion my work with semi-precious gemstones, handmade Venetian glass beads, fine gold fill or sterling silver chain and wire, and other objects discovered in the world. Merry & Mod jewelry fuses passion and style into refined, contemporary pieces.