Born in Canada, I spent my formative years in Malta before moving to the UK to go to college. As fashion and jewellery had always been important to me, I completed a degree in Jewellery/Design at Middlesex University. I was fortunate to have my placement at the royal jeweller Andrew Grima’s iconic shop in Jermyn Street, Piccadilly, where I learnt some of the trade of a master goldsmith.
My first workshop was in Clerkenwell, London, and I subsequently set up workshops in Devon and then Malta, where I returned for a few years. More recently, on coming back to the UK, I set up a workshop and gallery at FRONT ROOM in Brampton, Cumbria. I have sold work at Liberty’s, Lesley Craze Gallery and several other London galleries as well as abroad in Canada, USA, Australia and Japan.
Although my initial inspiration was rooted in the costume jewellery of the 50s and 60s, my designs have become increasingly organic and influenced by the environment and landscape in which I live and work. From temples and sea urchins in Malta to the standing stones and stonewalls of Cumbria. More recently, I have expanded my horizons to include a geological influence for my STRATA range and the cosmological realm for PLANETS. I am currently working on a new range with a distinct Keswick influence.
I was thrilled to be invited to be a resident artist at The Maker’s Mill. One look at the fabulous location and quality of the environment created by Luke and Sophie, and to hear their commitment to the project was enough. To be able to work alongside other creative artists as part of a sharing and learning – as well as making and selling – environment is another exciting challenge for the future.
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