1. Tell us about your path to becoming a jeweller?
I have always been creative and involved in making things. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to be an artist, but when I got to art school it was very different to what I expected.
I dropped out and spent a couple of years living abroad and working. I would spend my lunch breaks in the bookshop browsing the art section. I came across a book by Oppi Untracht which jewellers know as 'the jewellery bible'. I was hooked and applied to Edinburgh College of Art to study Jewellery.
I found my groove when working with metal. Metal is such a fascinating material to work with as it can be manipulated, melted and reworked endlessly. My design process centres around making and ideas form as much in my hands as they do through concept or on paper.
2. Tell us about your materials and techniques?
This series aims to capture a sense of shifting light on landscape and these pieces use precious metal, either silver or 18ct gold. Developed over lockdown, ideas were born at the kitchen table. As a result, techniques and tools have been pared back to the essentials. Simplicity of form brings a sense of order to these chain structures. Each link is formed by hand and the subtle differences in form give character and life to these works.
3. What inspired the work you are presenting with Craft Scotland at Collect 2022?
This body of work stems from a month-long residency I undertook at Cove Park on the west coast of Scotland. I spent my days working from a studio overlooking Loch Long, observing the landscape and creating abstract, methodical line drawings in response to the ever-changing sky and reflections on the water.
This series takes inspiration from this sense of shifting light. Intricate chain structures are constructed through repetition, resulting in pieces with elegant drape and movement. Responding to subtle shifts of the body, the light plays across the surface of these pieces when worn.
4. What is your favourite detail from this body of work?
These pieces are such a joy to wear. The forms drape beautifully and bounce the light as the wearer moves. These works belong on the body.