My work is about volume, structure and texture. I am inspired by Brancusi’s statement that complexity is simplicity resolved.
I have long been fascinated by the structures, shapes and patterns of nature and architecture. A favourite object is the chambered nautilus shell. The gently spiralling exterior gives only a subtle hint of its intricate interior design. In my bead range I have tried to articulate that internal structure by drawing it out and making it the fabric of the piece itself. Using repetitive units I create a visually complex shape that is structurally simple.
My Duotex range explores texture. I have developed an etching technique that allows me to create an intricate pattern of fine lines into a tactile surface pattern. The additional shiny, satinised and oxidised surfaces create an intriguing play on dark and light and enhance my simple but strong shapes.