Inspired by social and global issues, I create minimalist pieces of contemporary jewellery that convey messages about peace, equality and the environment. Carefully-chosen hand-mixed colour pallets help reinforce this narrative. I see jewellery as a form of discovery and self-expression that enables its wearers to explore and identify with the story behind my pieces and so express something about themselves.
I work mainly in silver and resin. All my pieces are made by hand with careful attention to detail, at times combined with 3D CAD technology. I incorporate techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, forming, stone-setting, roll-printing and texturing. Quality and craftmanship are of the utmost importance.
To date, my body of work includes kinetic rings (see Gallery), and two minimalist Sterling silver and resin collections called First Exploration and Snapshot2016.
First Exploration was originally inspired by my childhood hero the cosmologist Carl Sagan and his book Pale Blue Dot named after a photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe, and later NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn. In his book Carl Sagan writes about Earth:
'Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilisation, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on the mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.'
First Exploration includes three ranges: Pale Blue Dot, Rings of Saturn and Eclipse. Essentially, the message they convey - like the many messages onboard Voyager 1 - is one of peace.
Snapshot2016 evolved from a pendant I originally designed and made in response to the socio-political events that marked 2016 and continue to impact us globally on so many levels. To read more, please visit: wildeworks.blogspot.com
My collections are never static. They are forever expanding and evolving, with new pieces being added and earlier ones vanishing. The original tiny Pale Blue Dot necklace and studs, however, will continue to exist… for now.
An image of my kinetic rings was used by resin expert Clare John in her book Resin Jewellery. My work was featured in Jewellery Trend News by the Guild of Jewellery Designers in 2014, and in 2018 The Carrot Box wrote the following about my Rings of Saturn collection: 'What soothing whale sounds are to some people, these clean, minimal, perfectly tidy rings are to me.'
In 2018, I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to show my work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Autumn MADE Showcase.
In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks and taking snapshots of the Herefordshire countryside, some of which you'll find here on my website. I originally studied languages and worked abroad as a translator for many years.