I studied textiles at college before entering the teaching profession. Fifteen years ago I had the opportunity to take early retirement and was able to fulfil a lifelong dream. In my 20s I stayed on the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, U.S.A. I watched a bangle being made for me by a Navajo silversmith and was inspired.
So began my journey into leaning about jewellery and silversmithing techniques. I have been lucky I as I have had tuition from leading experts in their fields.
I find using the material of metal to create pattern and shape fascinating. After studying many varied techniques, I have become so enthused by chasing and repousse and chain mail. On occasion I am able to marry the two techniques together. I love experimenting and am now beginning to see the possibilities of using enamelling to enhance my pieces.
My design inspiration comes from my travels, other cultures, landscape and nature.