Bespoke Jewellery & Silversmithing Design & Illustration
Inspired by natural forms, I find endless inspiration in my rural srroundings. My designs spring from the production of artwork and the constant desire to be creative which has been nurtured and developed from a young age, creating an endless passion and enthusiasm for design. Each of my designs demonstrates these passions in feminine and quirky forms.
The majority of the pieces I produced during my degree were based on the principle of one-off design as I find pleasure in creating unique pieces which reflect the wearer's personality and the symbolism attributed to the piece by the customer. This is demonstrated in the meaningful and personal concepts behind my work. I also enjoy using found objects and typically non-valuable items and highlighting their beauty by incorporating them into a piece of jewellery or silversmiting to create interesting and different pieces of work.
I recently graduated from UCA (University for the Creative Arts, formally UCCA and KIAD) at Rochester with a degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery under the tuition of Brian Hill and John Cruse. I was first introduced to jewellery design during my BTEC foundation course at the Canterbury campus of the same university during fortnightly tuition by Madeline Coles, the author of 'Jewellery, Two-in-one manual'.
Since childhood, I always wanted to find myself in an artistic career. I am lucky enough to have found my niche in the creative industry, designing beautifully organic wearable art to adorn the body.
nature (in particular dandelions♥) and on the other side of the spectrum, beautiful towering industrial architecture
the beautiful scenery I am lucky enough to live amongst
Antoni Tapies' artwork
Born in Barcelona 1923, he is one of the most famous artits of Catalonia and of the European abstract expressionism movement. He started working as a surrealist patiner; his earliest works inspired by Paul Klee and Joan Miro, but he soon became an abstract expressionist, working in a style known as Arte Povera, in which non-artistic materials are incorporated into the paintined. In 1953 he began working in mixed media, for which he was most famous for. He added clay, marble dust, waste paper, string and rags to his paintings.
I first saw his work at his museum in Barcelona on a school trip during sixth form and have been continually inspired by his mixed media approach and earthy pallette ever since. He has inspired me to see beauty in the everyday and mundane.
I saw this exhibition by Tim Johnson at the Courtyard Arts Centre, Port Vale, Hertford during the summer of 2003 after I finished by GCSEs. I was inspired by his use of natural forms and this has influenced me ever since.
contemporary jewellery incorporating vintage found objects
Grainne Morton is one of the key contemporary jewellers who use found objects in jewellery. They are the main inspiration for her work and the often obscure and miniature objects she collects are always the starting point for her designs. They become the narraite form for the pieces and come together to create lively and colourful pieces which connect with the inner child of the wearer and conjure a strong feeling of nostalgia.
"I consciously work in a miniature scale, using a diverse range of materials in order to create attention so that the onlooker has to become more involved in the piece, hopefully sparking memory and thought, as well as making them smile."
“The maniacal cult of smallness, the love of extremely miniature work is probably an aspect of some obscure mental disease but it’s great fun nevertheless.”
~ Joseph Patrick Murray, Museum of Childhood Edinburgh
I really enjoy finding new music and listening to my favourite magical songs. These are some of my favourite songs at the moment♥