I am a jewellery designer maker and a yoga teacher, based in York.
My original training culminated in a Degree in Design, specialising in Textiles, which was no surprise having grown up in a family environment of 3 generations of needlewomen. My degree took me into work as a Fair Trade designer, travelling extensively around the world developing traditional handicrafts with producer groups and their artisans. I especially grew fond of India in this time which is where my connection with yoga and my initial training to become a yoga teacher began.
After more than 10 years I could no longer ignore my personal desire to extend and develop further creatively and so I retrained at York School of Jewellery as a designer jeweller.
A huge part of my jewellery designs are influenced by textiles and haberdashery, stemming from a fascination that grew from admiring my Grandma's talents and fond memories of sorting through her button stash. My work is also inspired by my vintage collections. I am drawn to the thought of reloving and reviving something and bringing an old or found object back to life through my jewellery. I've a penchant for collecting such finds and try and incorporate them and their symbolism into my designs where I can.
"My jewellery reflects my memories, my observations and my personality, thereby allowing me to tell the story and the journey behind each range"
I've had successful exhibiting shows over the years at Art&, LNCCF & GNCCF, Crafted by Hand, Saltaire Makers' Fair and The Hepworth Wakefield Markets. As well as The Knitting & Stitching Shows. I have exhibited for an amazing 7 years at York's Annual Arts Festival, York Open Studios, from my studio.