I have been a maker of things all my life and a practicing studio jewellery maker for the past 15 years.
As a trained pattern maker from a rag trade family my ideas, processes and materials are greatly influenced by textiles and garment construction. Living in the Central Lakes also informs my forms and surfaces.
I am especially drawn towards the textures and different tensions that roll printing and heat can produce in metal. I tend towards clear simple forms and frequently hammer or imprint the metal with fabric or paper. Thus, my hammers and the rolling mill are my most cherished tools in the studio. I just love what they can do for me. Colour is added with heat - I use the ancient method of 'depletion gilding' to give my silver a white luster and use a flame to patina the copper.
My home studio is a simple bench and macrocarpa stump in the corner of a room in the house. I commandeer part of the laundry for my soldering. I like the restrictions and discipline of a small space and limited tools. I am also fortunate to have use of a fantastic gold smith workshop in Queenstown where I first learnt everything I now know. There I can experiment, seek advice and talk 'making' over a good cup of coffee made in house. I also assist with the beginner's classes that we run there.
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