Design Inspiration

There is a place close to where I live where I walk my dogs, it is a place like no other, it is an ancient wooded place where nature is gently regaining control from man’s insistent and persistent intervention. It has a sense of the magical and holds the key that informs my imagination. It is accessed through a gate, a threshold, a liminal space where the visible, the here and now, become the future, the unknown and the invisible. There is a reciprocal energy here which envelopes your thoughts as you journey through the space. A meditative transformation takes place creating an inner space, a slowing down of the mind and a growing awareness of the rhythm of the footstep and the developing rhythm of the breath.

An interaction of perception and consciousness.

Learning

I graduated, as a mature student, from Plymouth College of Art in 2014 with a degree in Applied Art and Fashion. During the course I was fortunate to have various pieces of my work selected and shown at:

New Designers, Business Design Centre, London – Jewellery
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey – Jewellery
Green Hill Gallery, Mortonhampstead – Jewellery
Textile and Innovation Centre, Ronse, Belguim – Wearable Art
Graduate Fashion Week, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London – Graduate Fashion Collection

During my degree course and subsequently I have attended summer school at Central St Martin’s enhancing my skills in millinery and innovative pattern cutting.

What I’ve Been Up To

For the last six years I, along with five other artists, (collectively known as ‘artsix’) have exhibited together annually as part of the South Hams Arts Forum. This platform has been instrumental in gaining many commissions in both jewellery and clothes.

Several pieces of wearable art and silver jewellery have been exhibited at Nicola Hursts Gallery (nicolahurst.co.uk) a leading contemporary jeweller in Plymouth

Quirky hats and wearable art were exhibited as part of a Christmas exhibition at Artmill Gallery in Plymouth

I have recently been accepted as a full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen based in Bovey Tracey. There is currently a selection of my wearable art on display in the shop/gallery.

I have a beautifully equipped studio to develop and produce new pieces; I create a wow factor using unexpected materials in a contemporary way – exciting!

ACID

I am a proud member of ACID a group that believes that the UK’s designers deserve better. They protect our livelihoods, to maximise growth and minimise IP infringement. ACID is committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility and creating a safer trading environment for its members.