A little something about me…

I’ve been making ever since I was small! You could always find me happily absorbed in craft projects; quilling, fimo, decoupage… to name a few. I was always experimenting with different materials melting wax to create flowers! ( not sure how safe that was!), marbling with PVA! I can’t imagine a life without creativity !

I still enjoy experimenting with different materials and craft is still at the heart of what I do, but it`s about making the craft my own and I do that through play and experimentation. I now make jewellery, which I treat like wearable works of art, paper art and installations. After studying a mixed media degree in Fine Art in the friendly city of Cardiff, I moved to London to do a two year MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. I began my degree by painting, but soon started creating miniature paper installations and by the time I started my MA I was creating room sized textile installations. I now use a mixture of fabric, paper, wood, perspex, which I laser cut to create my work.

I am passionate about spreading the word about how wonderful creativity is! so I do lots of workshops and projects with different communities from school children to adults suffering with mental health difficulties. Two years ago I started a postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, which I loved! (I have almost completed it). Last October I had my beautiful baby girl Ruby! I`ve been popping into my studio whenever she sleeps!

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inspiration

La Dolce Vita!…


Rome is the one of the most romantic cities I`ve ever been to! It`s beautiful with an amazing church or some historical surprise at every turn, amazing food, the sun shines all the time, there is a nun or priest everywhere you look!, but my favourite thing about Rome is it`s vibrancy! Everyone seems to be in the moment enjoying life!

Rome will always be a special place to me……

 

Royal Exchange Theatre…


I`ve always loved the Royal Exchange, I went on a tour around it years ago, which made me love it more! They make and design all their costumes in house, all the sound effects AND they have a lovely shop.

I`m so happy my new Ile de Re Collection is now being stocked there….you can find my new Holly Hock necklace there amongst others.

Holly Hock is made from laser cut walnut painted peach, pale pink with guinea foul feathers layered over the walnut in the centre. Easy to wear with a long gold chain, natural cord strap and gold clasp.

Glasgow and Loch Lomond inspiration…


I think we`d missed the sunshine by a day, so when we arrived in Loch Lomond the weather was rainy and grey! The Loch still managed to look beautiful though….

One of my favourite things about Scotland is the lovely quaint villages…these houses in Luss were so cute..

Glasgow has the most beautiful Cathadral…

Glasgow School of Art….


I love Charles Rennie Mackintosh, so when we decided to go for a weekend in Glasgow it was the architecture I was most looking forward to seeing. I`d been told Glasgow School of Art was worth a visit and it really was! Still used as an Art School it was so inspiring…with examples of Mackintosh furniture and a Mackintosh library that`s only open to the students on Wednesday with close supervision!

I popped into my new Glasgow stockist; The shop of interest, who now stock my new Ille de Re collection.

The corridors know as the hen run!……the male and female students would have been separated and this was the corridor the female students used to use.

A detail from the Mackintosh Library…

Inspiration from London..


I had a lovely inspiring weekend in London..with a long list of stately homes I wanted to go to… we ended up going to one of the ones I was most excited about; Leighton House near Holland Park- the colours in the house were so beautiful…

The walls were covered with green silk….

We were near the V & A, so popped in for some more inspiration. I spent most of my time in the iron work section!