For as long as I can recall I have always loved the visual arts. Having studied fine art textiles at Goldsmith’s College I spent a postgraduate year at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in Poland, where I was preoccupied by tapestry, sculpture and conceptual art.
In the 1990’s I became a curator, firstly at my own contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh and then as the Director of Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall.
I started to make my own work again in 2000; which soon developed into smaller scale pieces that might be worn as jewellery.
Living in West Cornwall has shaped the work I make. The sculptural forms and textures of the coastline are a constant fascination; I love the fabric-like twists and folds of seaweed, the diversity in the contours of pebbles, the weathered character of flotsam I see washed up along the shore. This dichotomy of the precious and the organic - special stones encircled by sea worn fragments of silver – characterises so much of my inspiration.
At the heart of my work remains the sculpture and tapestry of my early practice. Constant experimentation, playfulness and continual development of ideas alongside a mindfulness of the relationship of each piece with the wearer, drives my creative process and output.