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 Dundee, where she studied at Duncan of Jordonstone gaining a BDes (Hons), she is constantly inspired by living near the water. The environment weighs heavy on her mind and this is reflected in her work as 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 happy to speak to any fellow jewellers about forging a more ethical jewellery industry and advises makers to visit the online ethical making resource for information. Shirley is a current Ambassador for Ethical Making for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths.
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