Fiona's passion for contemporary jewellery began during her time as a teacher in the 1990s. Adult education classes in London and Derbyshire equipped Fiona with the silversmithing skills and confidence to experiment with her chosen materials and to develop a personal approach to design.
After several years working with silver and resin, Fiona became increasingly uneasy creating jewellery using a single use plastic. A desire to work with a recyclable material led Fiona develop her own technique for fusing polypropylene. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in stationery, bank notes, food packaging and many other every day applications and is widely recycled. She is able to use recycled polypropylene in her work in the form of old note book covers and drinking straws. As a "no waste" process, every little scrap can be incorporated into a new piece.
Fiona's new polypropylene jewellery is inspired by geology and microscopic life. Her technique allows her to create paper-thin units, which are assembled to make three dimensional pieces. Fiona likes to work intuitively, with pieces often evolving at the bench.
Living and working in the west of Scotland has influenced Fiona's work, with light, transparency and reflection becomming increasingly important features.
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