As a jewellery designer and maker, I feel blessed to live in the alpine town of Wanaka, New Zealand. With its glacial lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains, Wanaka is a place of astonishing beauty and the area's many different moods, facades and textures provide the inspiration for my designs. For me, making jewellery is deeply satisfying and an art form which encompasses so many different methodologies - including design, sculpture, painting and even printmaking. The clash of different textures are a common theme in my work.
I take immense pride in what I do. Traditional metalsmithing techniques underpin the basis of all my designs, including the lost wax casting process. Once cast or constructed/soldered, each piece is then carefully filed, sanded, polished and buffed all by myself, before being placed in a custom designed gift box and making its way to its new wearer.
Prior to establishing my home studio, I worked as a litigation and insurance lawyer in New Zealand and Australia. I left the legal profession yearning for something more creative and spent close to three years studying contemporary jewellery manufacture and design at the North Metropolitan Tafe in Perth, Western Australia. Together with my kiwi husband we then relocated back home to New Zealand to start our new businesses and our young family!
Sustainability is very important to me. Living in a place of immense beauty serves as a daily reminder to do everything possible to protect our environment. In the workshop I use low corrosive solution alternatives, recycled silver where possible, and ship using home compostable and/or recyclable courier satchel packaging.
I hope my designs will be loved and cherished by their new wearers just as much as I loved making them!
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