A lump of polymer, a couple of tools, days spent designing-making-baking-colouring-baking again. Careful and thoughtful and time-consuming placement of elements - everything just so, just right. A pile of jewels, beads, and metal, fabricated chain and components made from everything but the kitchen sink. And that has most likely been used too.
The making of jewellery is personal. Like most things, it is about communication and connection. It involves transformation, the evolution of materials to produce a final product. Something you hope will be lasting and precious.
For me it's never about art with a big A (I couldn't live with myself) but more about the experience and creating in a world that at times seems set on destruction. Technology has quickened the pace of life to distraction. Making jewellery slows it all down and gives way for simplicity.
The finest moments happen when you stop thinking, when all of your attention is right here, right now. It is never deliberate or forced. It is the world standing still even briefly.
There are as many reasons to make jewellery as there are artists. Everyone has a story - what brought them to this place and what keeps them here.
What's your story?
Telling stories and making jewellery since the days of big hair and eyeliner.