I am inspired by the complex and abstract patterns that occur in nature and how something that is transient can be distilled into something precious. I use photography to capture snapshots and moments of time and the contrast of naturally occurring random patterns and textures. I explore how this can be related to decoration and ornament in jewellery.
Decoration and ornament, specifically antique textiles and ceramics inspire me. Hand-painted, gilded, embroidered or woven, I am drawn to intricate handcrafted detail and textural qualities. I use real images of nature to recreate these themes in my work.
I aim to create vibrant and wearable pieces. The photo-etching technique allows me to translate and frame the images in precious metals while the organic nature of enamelling techniques brings colour and vibrancy. Colour creates contrast and depth, bringing the pieces to life.
Exploring and interpreting this imagery graphically and then through a combination of techniques, helps me create a bold and vibrant collection of
I graduated from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, with an honours degree in 3 Dimensional Design in 1999. I undertook a two year apprenticeship in precious metal jewellery in Oxford before setting up my business in 2002. I have exhibited my work nationally, in Europe and in the USA.
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