For strength and rigidity, for endless possibilities in manipulation, for the deployment of subtle metallic hues and for their inherent preciousness, my materials of choice are silver and gold.
The jewellery I make is driven by an exploration of composition, pattern, layering, shape, structure and colour. I am drawn to geometric pattern in any form, a decorative grate in the road, the repetition in shapes of windows in an office block, tiles arranged in a tessellating pattern. When I am not making jewellery, I work as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace industry. There are obvious parallels between my creative practice and my employment: I am driven to create well engineered, precise objects using traditional silversmithing techniques. The geometric patterns I select and develop for my work are layered, some symmetrically and some asymmetrically but always logically. I love to work with colour, both graduations of colour and colour contrasts. With this is mind, I experiment with texture, oxidation and patination techniques using them to add depth and contrast between the different layers in each piece.
My aesthetic I would describe as sophisticated, but there is room also for playfulness and light-heartedness. Some pieces include a simple kinetic mechanism, which encourages interaction and is in certain cases developed to move with the body’s natural movements. It is a gentle reminder that beautiful objects are not only for looking at or for keeping safe; that they come to life when they are used, and they must always be enjoyed.