Gerry Florida is an award winning assemblage artist who refers to herself as a professional "imperfectionist" . Her work carries underlying messages of rebirth, recovery and reclamation through an array of salvaged and recycled materials that she employs in her jewelry creations and teaching style. Her strong beliefs and philosophy are born from her life experiences and multiple reinventions during her recovery from a chemical exposure accident in 1999 that left her homebound for 6 years She teaches throughout the city with a special interest in working with at risk youth disabled and seniors. Gerry teaches symbolically helping students to mobilize ideas, experiences and material resources to understand and incorporate the concepts of "empowerment" in their own lives... as well as the ability to survive in spite of our own imperfections and those surrounding us. Reinvention of self, worth and beauty sometimes surface in versions that are far more interesting than the original…it is the life message she conveys through her work.