My jewellery is usually made with silver or gold sometimes with pearls, I also use non-precious materials with the precious.
Although I would love to be, I am not a bench jeweller, most of my work is made in wax by me first, cast, and then finished by others. I work full time in the technology department at an Officeworks store in Melbourne, Australia, and live in a flat in the centre of the city; this gives me ideas for my designs. I have been redesigning my living space, including furniture. The Mother of Pearl of Wisdom – Don’t put it down… sideboard has sterling silver and pearl handles and the label jewellery comes directly from my proximity to labellers at work.
Words feature in a lot of the pieces and also in my collecting. I have a small collection of sweetheart jewellery (made by troops during war) and I collect autographs where people write, talk or sing about “they”.
I like to think that my jewellery is comfortable to wear if not always effortless for the wearer – the vase brooch looks best filled with water and flowers, and the label jewellery has to have a label printed and attached by the owner.