In 1999 after a long career as a hairdresser I needed a new challenge so I decided to join a part time jewellery making class at Hastings College. After studying for a year I became hooked and decided to study crafts full time. My work developed in metals and enamel and I became excited and stimulated by the world of contemporary jewellery, which inspired me to expand my own work in this direction.
My studio work as a jeweller is predominantly in silver, copper and enamel often along with the inclusion of found objects. I use these materials to create wearable keepsakes, as I am interested in the sentimentality of objects both precious and mundane.
My work has appeared in jewellery unlimited, a 2004 exhibition, and publication, collated by the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, and Adorn, a 2008 publication by Amanda Mansell, these both reflect the diversity and strength of contemporary jewellers. As well as exhibiting collections, another important part of my work is interviewing individuals to create unique pieces of jewellery for them, based on their experiences.
I currently run the BA (Hons) Designer Maker at University Centre Hastings, which is a multi disciplinary course specialising in Glass, Metal, Textiles, Ceramics and Print. I work within the studio teaching practical sessions in metalwork, jewellery and textiles and also support students with professional practice and critical studies.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Camberwell College of Arts, MA Designer Maker. 2012
PGCE teaching qualification. 2007
University of Brighton, BA (Hons) Art & Design Craft. 2005
University of Brighton, H.N.D. Art & Design Craft. 2004
Hastings College of Arts & Technology, AS Level. History of Art. 2004
Hastings College of Arts & Technology, H.N.C. Art & Design Craft. 2003
London Metropolitan University Polishing for jewellers. 2004
Experimental enamel workshop Elizabeth Turrell & Amal Gosh. 2002
Course Director BA (Hons) Designer Maker, University Centre Hastings
Stade Hall 2015
ASpace Gallery 2013
Hove Museum & Art Gallery ‘Contemporary Craft to Go’. 2008
Brighton open studios, Cross St Studio. 2006/7/8
The White Rock Theatre. 2007
Rock-a-Nore Gallery Hastings. 2006
The Stables Theatre, Hastings. Selected exhibition. 2005
The So-Co Gallery open house exhibition. 2005
Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery ‘Jewellery Unlimited. 2004
Jewellery Unlimited: A&C Black jewellers directory
The Workbench Guide to Jewellery Techniques
Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox
Guardian Education supplement, “The design craft teacher”. May 2006
Association for Contemporary Jewellery. Member since 2002