I have always loved making things and have been making jewellery since I was 14, when a jewellery workshop opened in Lewes and I started evening classes. I knew it was what I wanted to do straight away and I still can't imagine doing anything else! I studied jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic from where I had work experience with Sarah Jordan and at the Royal College of Art. After college I worked at Jess James just off Carnaby Street before 18 months spent travelling gathering stones and inspiration for starting my own business.
Since then I have enjoyed working in several shared workshops and have been at Rose Hill in Brighton for the last 19 years, it is fantastic to be surrounded by a group of creative people producing a wide range of different work and we are there to help and inspire each other. I have been a regular exhibitor at Dazzle exhibitions since I graduated college and very much enjoyed my time managing the London exhibition when it was at the Royal National Theatre in London. I also travel around the country to sell at various high quality craft shows where I love showing my work alongside an amazing assortment of quality makers.
I have always designed as I work, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Many of my designs use real leaves, plant structures and feathers to create natural textures on silver giving my work a 'found' quality- almost as if the pieces were produced by a natural process. I particularly like the contrasting textures of different plants which I combine in one piece of jewellery and complement with touches of recycled 18 carat gold.
I also make unique hand pierced colourful semi- precious stone rings. Although it is not possible to have fully traceable semi precious gems I use small scale suppliers with an ethical approach to sourcing their stones. My pieces are all made by hand, by me, in my Brighton studio.
Thank you to my gorgeous niece Maya who was my model for the website on a couple of very cold days in Norway and Brighton!