I am constantly infuenced by my surroundings. Sometimes it is considered, and other times these influences only become recognisable on completion of a piece. These include nature or architectural detail, as well as everyday objects found around my home and workshop. Each idea is sketched, and although I use a lot of geometric shapes in my work, I make each piece by hand in order to retain the spontaneity of the drawings.
I am interested in drawing and the quality of the drawn line. I see the pieces of jewellery as a sketch on the body, sometimes 3 dimensional and often with an element of movement. I enjoy the changes to a piece as the light plays on it, creating a shadow on the wearer or catching the brightness of gold leaf. I like this contrast and feel it gives the work another dimension.
The repeated unit plays a key role in my work. I have recently been exploring this using textile pattern and prints, especially Japanese silks and origami papers. I particularly enjoy experimenting with these simplified organic and geometric forms, using a palette of precious metal as well as introducing coloured papers,stones, fabric and enamel. I often incorporate cast silver branches or twigs as a starting point to each piece.
ikebana brooches with mother of pearl and rock crystal
2 oxidised "Ikebana" brooches with mother of pearl and rock crystal
ikebana brooch with gold leaves
oxidised "ikebana" brooch with gold leaves
ikebana brooches with carnelian and gold
2 oxidised "Ikebana" brooches with carnelian and gold
Ikebana brooch with red enamel
oxidised ikebana brooch with red enamel
ikebana brooch with mother of pearl
round oxidised "Ikebana" brooch with mother of pearl
2 gold leaf flower brooches
2 oxidised brooches with gold leaf
round kinetic flower brooch
oxidised kinetic flower brooch with red enamel and gold leaf
ikebana brooches with white and green enamel
two oxidised "ikebana" brooches with enamel and peridot