Ideas for my jewelry are inspired by the world around me in nature; such as flowers, leaves, textures, the ocean, and even the weather, as well as shapes and patterns found in architecture and textiles. Living in Maine, provides an endless changing of inspiration throughout the seasons. For millennia, wearable art has played a significant and increasingly important part in how we present ourselves to others. Like all personal styles, jewelry is a defining instrument. It is a form of communication because in one way or another it makes a statement about us. Creating something someone else finds beautiful, meaningful, or heart-warming, or communicates for the wearer who they are or makes them feel confident, happy or complete - this is immensely fulfilling for me. It’s the perfect merging of passion, purpose and outcome.
I design and craft sterling silver jewelry and accessories including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and shawl & hair pins. Created by manipulating metal sheet and wire from raw form, techniques include cutting, shaping, hammering, soldering, rolling, stamping, and bezeling. Inspired by nature, such as flowers, leaves, textures, the ocean, and even the weather, as well as shapes and patterns found in architecture and textiles, my designs are composed of clean, crisp shapes and smooth flowing lines, integrating a variety of metals, Maine beach stones & seaglass, gemstones, and beads.
Simple, sleek, and organic.
Cullen is a mother of two - a son, Evan, 20, and a daughter, Kathryn, 17. She and her husband, Matt, reside in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Cullen is a graduate of Cushing Academy in Massachusetts where she was introduced to metalsmithing through a course taught by master silversmith, Bob Johnson, and was instantly enthralled. She then went on to graduate with a BA from the University of Southern Maine with a concentration in photography while also studying metalsmithing at Maine College of Art (then Portland School of Art).
In 2010, Cullen took on her love for metalsmithing as a full-time career taking part in several craft shows in New England throughtout the year. Her work can be purchased online and can also be found at many retail locations in Maine and New England.
Cullen is a member of Maine Made America's Best