Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 I have combined my jewellery work with roles within arts administration. My work is concerned with an enjoyment of exploring materials and colour.
I rarely produce the same piece twice, preferring instead to work more spontaneously with materials including precious metals, wood, and semi-precious beads and stones. I'm inspired by urban environments and the small details, found materials, structures and patterns that can be found in unexpected places. While certain patterns, techniques and motifs recur in my work, I treat each piece as a small sketch in materials, using processes such as saw piercing, wire work and mixed materials, and let each one develop its own micro-personality.
My current collection for Craft Design House is inspired by the flora, fauna and foliage that finds its way into our environments, growing through cracks and over walls and in tiny city gardens, little patches of urban wilderness.
Working in wire, or hand piercing sheet metal, I try and capture a sense of the individual patterns that come together to form the whole.
This line of work combines small batch production with the individuality that comes from each piece being 'sketched' directly using the material - no two pieces will be exactly the same!