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I see my work as an art form. When someone wears one of my pieces, I like to think that they are wearing a piece of art. Decorative Art, that doesn't sit still on a gallery wall. It moves about, the wearer takes it to the people.
Each piece is like an essay in metal and gems. It has a beginning, middle and end. The end is transient.
My ideas come from all aspects of life. Nothing passes by without scrutiny, and much mental thought as to how things can be used immediately, adapted, or stored away for future use. I am influenced by the line and curve of architecture, the spaces in and around buildings and objects, fabrics and textiles. The three dimensional forms of sculpture, and the flow of organic materials.
I try to make each piece a challenge of design and manufacture, working within the limits of my materials. I look for the unusual within the usual, and try to focus on a new interpretation, a different way of saying the same things, and presenting a fresh and original view. I like simple designs that are unique. My aim is to produce elegant modern wearable jewellery, which is aesthetically pleasing, affordable and stimulates comment.
Each piece is an individual with character and attitude.
The Iron & Steel Gallery, Leatherhead
The Orleans Gallery, Twickenham
The Tudor House Gallery, The Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk
Royal Society of Arts, Prize Exhibition - Birmingham 1997
British Workhouse Gallery Dallas U.S.A. 1997/1998
Water Water Exhibition Cupola Gallery - Sheffield 1998
Association of Cont. Jew., Bedales Gallery - Petersfield - 2001.
Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Goldsmiths' Hall - London 2001
Jelly Legg'd Chicken Arts Centre The Oracle, Reading 2001.
Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax 2001
Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Co., Goldsmiths' Hall - London 2002.