I graduated from the BDes (Hons) Jewellery and Metalwork at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1993. I focused on silverware and for my degree show I made vessels incorporating mixed media such as plastics and ceramics for colour and texture. My designs were based on the imagery collected from the fishing villages along the Fife coast.
I continued my studies on the MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery course at The Royal College of Art, London. My final collection consisted of large lightweight colourful body pieces which explored space and movement.
I went on to work in Higher Education for 13 years, lecturing on a broad-based craft programme with a focus on sustainability. It was then I decided I was ready to try and make a living from making my own work. In 2009, my partner and I moved to Norfolk to manage a small woodland. I learnt traditional woodworking skills, and launched my first range of wooden jewellery in 2015.
I have a range of influences. I particularly love old toys and games as well as folk and primitive art and costume.
Common themes in my work are colour, geometry, play and repetition. I think of myself as a modernist, and the Bauhaus in particular has always been a big influence on me and work.
I love collecting visual information in my sketchbook. I have always enjoyed drawing and use it to understand and remember how things are made.
When it comes to developing ideas, I tend to work more intuitively, and things evolve through the making process. I don’t like to pre-visualise ideas in my sketchbook, I have boxes of experiments and 3D sketches instead.