We are lucky enough to live & work in St Ives Cornwall which is a constant source of inspiration.
I have been a full time professional designer maker since graduating in 1990. I produce a varied body of work including silver jewellery, unique wall sculptures, framed metalwork pieces & more recently paintings. I am primarily inspired by the Cornish coast, collecting seaweed, shells, and bits of rusty metal plus taking many photographs of the sand, sea & rock formations.
Texture & surface pattern are my passion. I combine copper & brass to create colour contrasts then utilise etching, embossing & hammering to create unique surfaces. Heat & fluxes are applied for further decorative effects.
I endeavour to do a daily sketch as I feel the need to create something every day. I regularly take part in month long projects such as mark making, pattern or colour prompts to develop new ideas. Some of these projects will evolve into metalwork or paintings.
I am finding working with paint really exciting & feel this element of my practice will develop further. Metalwork is obviously a restricted palette of colours so the possibilities of paint really inspire me. After 30 years of making I am looking to move into a slightly different direction & I am certain that concentrating on painting will also become a tool for designing & creating my metalwork & work in its own right.
We have three outlets for my work in St Ives, our own retail space within the Drill Hall, I’m a member of Back Road Artworks & exhibit regularly at the St Ives Arts Club. I am also a member of the Guild of Ten in Truro, a cooperative established in the 1970s. I also exhibit with the Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelissick.
The short video clip gives you a little peek into some of the techniques used....