Abacus Row was founded in 2012 by Christine Trac. Christine’s work and appreciation for jewelry are shaped by a multicultural upbringing and an interdisciplinary background. She grew up in Olympia, Washington, where her parents and many other Vietnamese refugees settled in the early 1980s. From an early age, Christine learned to find balance in differences, to identify where things intersect, and how to create with limited resources. Christine views jewelry as objects of culture and identity and approaches her work with Abacus Row with an interdisciplinary interest. Christine attended the University of Washington and Yale University where she studied the implications of environmental conservation on local communities in SW China. While a departure from her current work, Christine’s background in ethnography and conservation science influences how she sees the details in everyday routine and practices. She is inspired by both the natural ways in which things come together and the innovative approaches used to produce unexpected connections. Abacus Row is an on-going exploration of material and community intersections. Christine now resides in San Francisco, California.