I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) with a First Class (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design in 2014 and am currently Designer in Residence within DJCAD's Jewellery Department.
I work with a variety of media including precious metals, rough-cut stones, crystals and plastics. In my work I explore different intensities of colour, and how the colour field responds to materials with different textures and shapes. I am interested in the interrelationship between the luminosity of pigment, and the play of light upon multi-faceted surfaces.
Subtle hints of 22 carat gold are introduced by using a variation on the technique of Keum-Boo (fusing gold to silver using heat and burnishing). I approach this in an intuitive, improvisational manner, creating torn, feathered edges which contrast with the harsh angular quality of crystalline structures.
I also have a long standing interest in the connection the wearer makes with jewellery. In particular, my 2014 collection playfully subverted notions of preciousness and value. For example, the friable nature of sugar crystals meant that the more a piece was worn, the less there would be left behind. Certain works also contained within themselves the ability to change form, for instance utilising hinges. However as the pieces literally grew (through the actions of crystal formation over time) the newly added material dictated the final form.
Year Established: 2014
2015 - Dundee Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award
2015 - 'Scottish Arts Club Award' at VAS:t exhibition
2015 - Invited Graduate for Visual Arts Scotland exhibition (VAS:t), RSA, Edinburgh