Do you come from a creative family?
My mother loved teaching art. Although my father was an engineer and worked with his hands, he didn’t encourage a career in art. While I perused making, Barry, my brother, was pushed towards computers. He would see me making and he started experimenting.
Do you have different roles?
Yes, I suggested that he come work with me, so he did intensive diamond setting in Antwerp and then after some training he worked in that. He brings computer skills too, CAD modelling, website development, photography.
How has your style developed over the years?
During my master studies my style began to develop into what it is today. Before that I was making big statement pieces, not thinking about wearability. In the MA I shifted my thinking towards flattering curves and shapes; things that have a natural flow.
What suprises people about your work?
Sometimes people don’t realise everything is made on site by hand. It is important to us that the quality is in our control. I spent a lot of time learning the skills needed so that we can execute the whole process: design, goldsmithing, and setting.