Shirley came to jewellery later in life, having been a successful tattooist and body piercer for more than 20 years, she has travelled the world and stayed in many places but has always come back to Scotland.
Currently based in Central Scotland she splits her time between her own practice and tutoring.
The environment we live in is reflected in her work and she uses reclaimed, repurposed, or recycled materials, as the jewellery industry tends to rely on natural resources most commonly retrieved from the earth, she has set out to produce ethically sound and aesthetically pleasing pieces using traditional techniques, while reducing or replacing any toxic or harmful chemicals used in the process.
Shirley is keen to engage with fellow jewellers about forging a more ethical jewellery industry.
More information can be found here https://ethicalmaking.org/
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