Speciality or favourite thing to make?
My specialist medium is wire and I especially enjoy creating organic fluid designs. Tiaras and fascinators are my favourite things to make as I particularly enjoy incorporating the old with the new in a vintage style.
Born and raised in Gloucester but now living in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire.
What’s your day job?
I am an activities co-ordinator for elderly people and dementia sufferers. It’s the most rewarding job, I love it!
What is your favourite JM moment?
Since being a guest designer with JM I have mainly worked with Vicky, so as you can imagine, I personally have many favourite (or at least memorable) moments! It is hard to pin point one but Vicky has a tendency to mix up her words or phrases, which more often than not, she tries to correct only to make matters worse! This never fails to tickle me and we have ended up laughing our socks off in the breaks and trying to compose ourselves again before we are back on air!
Background / How long have you been making jewellery
I can remember making jewellery when I was about 11 in an attempt to raise money for the ‘save the Whale’ campaign! So if we count that, it’s erm…….over 20 years! Really I began making jewellery seriously about 3 years ago, when a friend asked me to make some accessories for her wedding, never being one to start simple!! I launched straight in to making fascinators and necklaces for all the bridesmaids and jewellery for the bride. It was so satisfying that I put all my other crafty hobbies to one side, launched straight in to wire work and have never looked back.
What courses do you teach both for JM and outside and why?
I run various workshops including 1-1 specialist sessions, 10 week beginner’s jewellery courses and wire work day workshops. I also run hen party jewellery making sessions, which are great fun and even children’s birthday parties (but I am not sure you can call that teaching, more air traffic control!!)
For JM I teach the adventures with beading thread
and vintage workshops
Who/What else inspires you outside of JM and why?
It would be easier to ask me who or what doesn’t inspire me! I can find inspiration in sounds sometimes so it doesn’t even have to be visual for me. I think I am most inspired by nature and I don’t just mean leaves and flowers and creatures, I mean processes, life cycles and its remarkable will. Probably though I am most inspired by Thomas, my 8 year old son, he is so creative and sometimes he can make me see something in a totally unique and often very abstract way, I am so grateful to him.
What is your favourite colour?
To look at: Turquoise, to wear: Orange.
What is your favourite gemstone?
I had the privilege of working with Ruby for my first show on JM, I was seriously struck by them, I shocked myself completely by having such an emotional response to a Gemstone, I felt quite silly really! So for this reason alone I have to choose Ruby. (But I also love Pyrite and Pearls).
Tell us about a piece of jewellery that made you say WOW.
There is a wire work jewellery designer named Jill Lawrence who creates the most stunning pieces containing the most intricate and amazing wire weaving I have ever seen. She uses glass eyeballs in each piece and I defy anyone not to gasp when they see her work. Whenever I need a bit of inspiration or motivation I look at her work.
Tell us a joke!
Q. What is E.T. short for? A. He’s got little legs!