What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
I started studying Psychology at college and one day as I passed through the foyer; cabinets had been placed there displaying some of the student’s silversmithing and a few pieces of jewellery. What really caught my eye was the form and balance of the bowls and thought it would be great to create something like that. I then decided to enroll in Silversmithing classes run at the college. I enjoyed the whole process of being creative and forming the metal that after a few months of thought, I decided to change from studying Psychology to studying Fda in Silversmithing and Jewellery. My first project was to design a Modernist ring and having little interest in jewellery, was really unsure as to what to do. I researched Modernism and found that the artist Barbara Hepworth’s’ museum was not too far from where I lived and visited for inspiration. Her sculpture entitled The Walkthrough inspired me so much that I decided to focus on geometric sculptural forms, hoping to instill this aspect into a ring, which I did and got a distinction for my final piece. This set me on the path of designing rings exploring form over function.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)
I enjoy all the forms I have created but my favourite piece of jewellery, actually a three-piece set, was inspired by Donald Judd a Minimalist sculptor. The rings were made in my final degree year at college. The reason for liking them so much is that they were the most simplistic and reductive yet visually pleasing rings yet.
Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
Since my ring designs are focused towards form rather than functionality, any celebrity who appreciates this aspect and wants to wear something alternative and unconventional would be welcomed. I’ve noticed Deborah Meaden from Dragons Den wearing some interesting pieces of jewellery. She might be suitable.
Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
I have often thought of dry stone walling as another interest or career. The idea of working outside and being creative with natural stone would be very pleasing and I admire anyone who can do it.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I will still explore the geometric form but more recently I have made a move to producing some tradition shank rings focusing on combinations of textures off-set with just one simple diamond, which also offers a good juxtaposition between form and texture. The over all idea is to keep my designs simple and minimal, emphasizing the form.
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