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I began jewellery making in 2005 after completing a foundation year at East Surrey College. I stepped into the workshop for a taster, and never left.
Since then I have attended two universities to complete my degree, completed over ten work placements, and countless short courses, which are a fantastic way to learn jewellery making.
I started making handmade chains in 2007 - they were my first ever unique jewellery designs. I also love casting and good old hammer texturing - I love textured surfaces.
Nothing is more rewarding that creating a brand new design - something you have madeyourself with your own hands, it’s such a buzz. Seeing other people wear your designs is also an amazing feeling.
I am inspired by my walks through the Surrey Hills- the beautiful wildlife and nature it presents and the natural textures. I like to base designs on hidden treasures within nature which are not usually explored or valued such as dandelion seeds and tree bark.
I was really thrilled to be commended in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2011 for my Dandelion designs. I was also commended for my designs submitted for Pewter Live 2010.
My most favourite design is my Billowing Dandelion Pendant, made as part of my final degree collection.