What made you want to become an Designer?
My passion for jewellery definitely stems from my childhood. I used to love looking through my Nan’s endless collection of jewellery, admiring the beautiful gemstones, intricate designs and trying on all the different pieces. I think my love of jewellery and appreciation for jewellery design has always been there.
What’s your background?
Knowing that I wanted to work within the creative field, I studied ‘A’ Level history of art at school. However, at the time of choosing my university course, I also had a strong desire to work within a caring profession. I have a BSc Hons degree in Social Administration and Policy, and have worked in various administration roles. Within the last 5 years, I rekindled my creative side again, writing poetry and designing and making jewellery. I attended a silversmithing/jewellery making course and was hooked from there! I have since attended private workshops, constantly updating my skills, and satisfying my desire to create more complicated designs.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
I enjoy almost all aspects of jewellery making, from designing a piece to the actual execution of a piece. One of my favourite silversmithing techniques is anticlastic raising, where sheet metal is formed with a hammer on a sinusoidal stake.
What inspires you?
I am inspired mostly by natural forms and elements, but also random objects, patterns and details. I visit lots of historical places of interest, castles, museums and galleries, and I always come away so inspired, and brimming with new ideas for my jewellery designs! For example, my wave range is directly inspired by the waves crashing against the world famous hexagonal columns at the beautiful Giant’s Causeway on the North Coast of Ireland, where I am from. My Causeway Treasure ring is also inspired by the mystical undertones of this famous landmark.
What’s your favourite piece?
I have a couple! My Druzy rings because they make such a statement. And my wave pendants, which are extremely popular with customers. They are made using the anticlastic raising technique, so I really enjoy making them, and no two are ever the same!
What is your dream project?
I would love to create a warrior style jewellery range, which features ankle cuffs, wrist cuffs, upper arm cuffs, earrings, rings, neck piece and head piece. A high fashion collection that could be seen on a film set, or catwalk. I have a few design ideas sketched down for this, and hopefully I will get the chance to make this dream a reality!
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