My work primarily draws influence from nature, incorporating organic and abstract forms and textures. I am keen on casting natural objects such as twigs, and incorporating a variety of gemstones and solid gold accents into my work.
My silver work is influenced by the Japanese concept of 'Wabi-Sabi', in which is beauty is to be found in transience and imperfection, the organic uniqueness of every hand made piece is what makes it beautiful, I endeavour not to make any 2 pieces exactly the same, so that every item is a one off, and I also embrace asymmetry in my work.
I was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in Shropshire's beautiful countryside, living in Ironbridge until I was 18. Magpie Chique began with my discovery of jewellery making aged 11 when I was brought a box of beads for Christmas.
From then on my life long love of sparkly twinkly things became a passion for jewellery making.
I started with beading and wire wrapped jewellery, then moved onto charm jewellery incorporating vintage elements and reworking items whenever possible.
Whilst attending University in Bristol, I began selling my unique hand-made costume jewellery in a small independent jewellery and accessories shop in Bristol called RaRaRa.
During University I began taking part time silver-smithing courses at Windmill hill city farm in Bristol; this was my first foray into working with silver.
Then, after University I began working in the jewellery retail sector in Pravins, and then Diana Porter in Bristol.
These opportunities let me observe different approaches to design and fabrication and the myriads of different styles and forms of jewellery available on the market.
Concurrently I began studying my NOCN level 2 Jewellery design and silversmithing qualification at Bristol School of art.
This was an invaluable experience, furthering my skill set and enabling me to learn and use a myriad of different techniques and equipment, such as enamelling, fold forming, and granulation, stone setting, etching, reticulation, casting and discovering a love of spoon making.
In 2012 I was awarded the 'Welsh artist of the year' award in the applied arts category for a sand cast and hand wrought silver spoon I made.
I currently live and work in Bristol, with a studio in 'The Island' and continue to create primarily with silver, incorporating gold and gemset accents into jewellery and cutlery.