I have recently graduated from Glyndwr University Wrexham, I did a BA in Applied Art and Design and specialised in Jewellery/Metalwork.
My final year degree show consisted of pieces inspired by the 'Change and Decay' of the environment around me. I photographed paint that was peeling or chipping away from wooden doors, the points of impact on smashed windows where the cracks spiderweb outwards, scaffolding that is erected around buildings in a protective manner amongst other things.
The jewellery pieces I created were in response to the photographic research I did. I created silver 'frames' that housed small pieces or wood and glass to make the contents seem more precious than the silver. This is a direct reversal or traditional jewellery where the stones housed in the settings are often more precious than the silver.
I like to use mainly hand tools in my jewellery making, aiming to keep each piece individual. The joy for me is in the making, I design as I make, and this is exciting because the end result is sometimes what I pictured in my head and sometimes entirely different.
Signature Art Prize (painting category) 2014
long listed for Griffin Art Prize, Clyde & Co Art Project, Signature Art Prize