Where do you get ideas for your designs?
Ideas are triggered by ‘textures of the everyday’. I am constantly walking, wandering, sponging up my daily experiences, gathering stories, observations, surreal happenings, fragments of overheard conversations, jokes, music, songs, films, TV, radio, even toilet graffiti, to inform my work.
What’s your approach to making?
I play with traditional jewellery making techniques and hand engraving and give them a contemporary twist. I also like to use the ‘wrong tools’ – tools, materials and techniques from other disciplines – in my craft. Experimentation is my teacher and keeps me entertained.
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What’s your creative process like?
Many pieces start as experiments and the outcomes direct me. I am always doodling, which informs my engravings, but I don’t transfer drawings to metal, I engrave straight on to the metal. Watching the image and texture unfold keeps me interested and always surprises me.
You lived in the US and trained in Sweden – how has travel influenced you?
Meeting new people, new cultures and experiencing new landscapes is a crucial part of my practice. Travel and training colour and inform my work. In addition, travelling is an opportunity to showcase my work to a wider audience and to develop my network.