I’ve been playing around with silver for nearly ten years now. It began with not being able to find the type of thing that I wanted to wear and becoming increasingly frustrated. Eventually I decided that I would design and make what I wanted instead. People liked what they saw me wearing, and it developed from there.
All the silverwork that I do is inspired by natural objects. Fossils, shells, acorns, anything that grabbed my attention really. Wanting to add some colour, I began using semi-precious gemstones along with the silver which was great fun and meant that I could design sets with earrings and pendants. Next on the list was learning how to gold plate so that I could highlight entire pieces, or parts of them.
The textiles side is completely different! I hate the idea of clothes being thrown out when they get worn out, and that was especially true after my Dad died. I wanted to be able to hang on to his shirts, and gradually began to look at ways to reinvent them. Using ties as well as shirts, I now make cushions with a variety of designs on the front. Pencil rolls were then added into the range. For these, I look at whatever pieces of clothing I happen to have left over and see if I can rework it to make something useful.
I’m still evolving and hope to be able to add to the portfolio of techniques that I have learned.
Come with me and enjoy the adventure!