Well this the last Q&A on the run up to the #ChristmasBazaar and what thoroughly enjoyable reads!! Cats, BBC radio, Mary Quant, Bet Lynch, jewellery, Galounge’s, ceramics and not to mention all those brews!!!!
Come along this Sunday and meet these guys and gals and witness the beautiful work they create.
What is your practice? materials? processes?
I am a studio jeweller making contemporary statement jewellery. My work is predominantly made using resin and precious metals, whilst also utilising textile techniques. I have one foot rooted respectfully in traditional methods and craftsmanship and the other placed firmly in new technology and material sciences. My practice is split evenly into making and selling and I derive equal pleasure from both. Nothing beats pairing the right piece with the right person.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Bold. Resin. Precious. Unique. Bespoke
Do you have any design heroes?
Artists and Designers who educated me, were exceptional and/or walked their own path : The Viennese Secessionists (Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Olbrich), Charles Rennie Macintosh, Paul Klee, William Morris, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Whistler, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Walter Gropius, Georges Seurat, Mies van der Rohe, Michelangelo, Rembrandt. I could go on.
Where is your studio?
I seem to be collecting work spaces. I have 2 large rooms in the cellar at home (one for resin and one for metalwork). I have also just recently taken on a space at Bankley Studios, which I am looking to working in soon. I could actually do with a shed to sand my resin blocks and stones in. It’s dirty work which I do outside – and a wintry 10 degrees, windy and wet isn’t ideal. It’s not too shabby in the summer though.
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Drawing, research, designing, colour, resin, sanding, crocheting, soldering, photographs, paperwork.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?
I’m working on some new resin designs, and also scaling all my bangle designs both up and down, to incorporate more sizes in my range.
What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?
Resin bangles, pendants, necklaces and rings. Because each resin piece is one of a kind, everything I do is in effect new and keeps me inspired. I’m also continually looking at the fashion colour forecasts, so I will be introducing some new colour combinations too.
Tell us something we don’t know
I use sintered metal powders in my work purely because my plastics tutor at college said that we couldn’t use metal in our plastics project. Just to be a smarty pants, I put the metal in the resin – and it turned out so well, I have since developed this technique further and still use it in my work today.