Me, my work and my inspirations
I am a jewellery designer and maker, specialising in hand saw-piercing, fabrication and stone-setting. My design inspiration is very often taken from natural patterns and shapes, taking cues from botanical form and structure – seed pods, flowers, leaves, buds and twigs. Whether it is sewing, knitting, embroidery or painting, I have always enjoyed creative and making processes.
I walk my dogs regularly in the nearby Ashdown Forest, picking up tiny ‘treasures’ as I go, which fill my workshop shelves. I am never without at least one sketchbook to sketch ideas for new pieces. I also recently began a painting course to improve my illustration technique. Poetry, literary quotations and proverbs sometimes find their way into my work, if only as a thought or a feeling. John Keats, EE Cummings and WB Yeats are among my favourites.