Jewellery is a second career for me - having previously worked with international NGOs supporting social development projects across Asia and Africa. It has been exciting returning to making which was a great passion when I was younger. I grew up surrounded by artists, designers and engineers and the visual and physical languages they imparted. There is an intuitive energy to my process and I often draw on knowledge from my artistic childhood and my adult travels to inform designs.
Working with strong shapes and diverse materials I create sophisticated and playful contemporary jewellery that references historical forms. My inspiration is wide ranging, often layering multiple visual and cultural sources to create new shapes that are both fresh and familiar. For example, my Modern Rococo Collection is informed by the silhouettes of royal chess pieces and medieval window details, as well as the beautiful undulating forms of wooden finials and the energy of Renaissance jewellery.
Using different materials is key to my practice and all hold equal potential and value for me. I enjoy the conversation between them, often pairing precious and non-precious or exploring the interplay and balance between surface finishes. The materials I use often hold narratives of their own. I collect (some may say hoard) off-cuts and bin ends of unusual colours of Lucite, pieces of wood, vintage beads and pearls, boxes of carefully categorised beach finds and all sorts of other unusual objects that are awaiting the right project to realise their potential.
I make my work by hand using traditional jewellery bench techniques – piercing, filing, drilling, riveting, soldering and forming. I believe there is a unique quality that comes from the relationship between hand and eye in making, a refined balance and a softness that industrial techniques cannot replicate. I am passionate about the details that give each piece its energy - the inverted scalloping on the back of a brooch, the twinkle of a hammered rivet against the smooth Lucite, the tone of each pearl as it relates to a finished piece.
Ultimately, I take great pleasure in my jewellery finding its new owner who will bring it to life, creating the final part of its story.