July Open Studios
I have always found natural forms, particularly ancient sea organisms, inspirational. As a child living in Cambridge, I explored all the museums available to me and the intricate early life-forms observed can be seen in my early prints when later I worked towards my BA Hons in fine art print-making. During this period of my life I also took pleasure from sourcing fine, but extremely strong, papers from Japan and silk with beautiful bright dyes from China to produce scarfs inspired by the flora and fauna I observed.
Later, during my studies, I took inspiration from folk and fairy tales which were traditionally used to prepare girls from the age of innocent childhood towards womanhood and enlightenment/preparation for courtship and marriage.
Jewellery rather than printmaking became more do-able in the snatches of time and space available to me as we brought up daughters and so became prominent in my creativity. I also had the good fortune to meet amazing teachers and I am still learning new techniques.
Presently I am enjoying explorations into silver and latterly a little gold too, by making jewellery combining many coloured semi-precious stones and beautiful freshwater pearls, along with my enthusiastic silver-smith study buddy and friend.
Planning different combinations of semi-precious stones in their myriad of colours and shapes fill my thoughts and sometimes my dreams too. Words which affect and inspire are dominating my thoughts presently and these may soon make a happy appearance in my jewellery.