Through my work I explore the transformation of form in nature. Each stage between growth and decay is intricate and precious, playing a vital role in this continual cycle. Using precious materials I want to convey this natural encrusted beauty by capturing these moments, turning the organic into the inorganic. The 'handcrafted' is a fundamental element of my work. It is a natural process which allows me, as the maker, to have a close connection with each final creation.
During my final year at University I was shocked to find that within the jewellery trade there seems to be very little consideration for the impact that sourcing precious materials has on the environment and the people working on the front line. Bearing this in mind, I set out on my own mission to see just how difficult it would be to obtain my own raw gold. After spending endless hours up at Kildonan Burn in Sutherland I did have some gold and some raw garnets to show for my work. In the neckpiece entitled 'Precious Existence' I have included some of the small flakes inside the locket. I hope to work more with this raw gold and garnets in future work to come.