I consider myself an artist, jeweller, sculptor and maker. I am driven by an interest in the effects that objects and jewellery have on us – their sense of ‘power’ throughout history and in the modern day.

The majority of my work explores aspects of positivity and wellbeing when confronted with illness, specifically pain and its physical and emotional impact. It always interests me to examine whether jewellery and related objects can have a positive effect and aid towards wellbeing.

My work is often very personal and self–analytical, which grew from my being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition in 2010. Through analysing the impact that pain has on the body and mind, I have been exploring pain relief, reward systems, posture and the effect on emotions.

As part of my research I am also developing a project with women from Endometriosis UK to see whether modern day amulets can be made for women without prior beliefs in order to aid wellbeing.

I work with a myriad of materials and skills that suits a particular idea. For me it is very much about the concept and the wearer. My work often has a humorous side, frequently including a play on words. I take great pleasure in in commissioning on a bespoke basis for individual needs.

Education

  • 2015
  • University of Art London, PGCert - Learning and Teaching for Art and Design and Communication in Higher Education
  • 2012
  • Royal College of Art, MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery
  • 2010
  • Manchester School of Art (MMU), Creative Business Development Year
  • 2009
  • Manchester School of Art (MMU), Three Dimensional Design BDes 1st Class Hons
  • 2006
  • Wimbledon School of Art, Art and Design Foundation, Merit

Exhibitions

  • 2014
  • ‘The Digital Soane - A Man of Many Parts’, ‘Who Knows Soane Nose’ The Soane Museum in conjunction with Royal College of Art.
  • 2012
  • Graduate Exhibition 2012, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen
  • SHOW 2012, The Royal College of Art
  • ‘Hand Axe’, Work In Progress, The British Museum The Royal College of Art
  • 2011
  • ‘Give and Take’ Effe Kijken 4 / Let’s Have a Look IV, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen
  • ‘Revival’ ReachOutRCA · Artist Assistant, The Cumberland School Project. The Royal College of Art
  • ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’, Ananas Anam, The Royal College of Art
  • ‘Wellcome to the Body’ (Work In Progress, Marzee/Wellcome Collection) The Royal College of Art
  • 2010
  • Contemporary Craft LAB, Manchester School of Art
  • 2009 – 2010
  • LACI (Lancashire Art and Craft Initiative)
  • Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool · PAD, Preston · Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • 2009 – 2010
  • Manchester Craft and Design Centre
  • 2009
  • New Designer 2009, Islington Business Design Centre
  • Degree Show 09, Manchester School of Art
  • 2006
  • Art and Design Summer Show, Wimbledon School of Art Art and Photography Exhibition, Claremont Fan Court School, Surrey

Experience/Awards

  • 2014
  • Competition Winner, ‘The Digital Soane, A Man of Many Part’, ‘Who Knows Soane Nose’, a project with The Soane Museum and The Royal College of Art.
  • 2013
  • Research, ‘Empowerment Through Jewellery’
  • Researcher, self–initiated and ran project with Endometriosis UK, ongoing since 2011
  • Precision Jewellery Development Workshop, ran by Goldsmith Sam Le Prevost
  • A year spent researching in Oman
  • 2012
  • Student Representative, Royal College of Art
  • 2011 – 2012
  • Electrum Gallery, Sales Assistant
  • 2011
  • ‘Empowerment Through Jewellery’ Dissertation (Distinction) The Royal College of Art.
  • Design Team, Ananas Anam, (Carmen Hijosa) Royal College of Art, 2010
  • Jeweller and Gallery Assistant · Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Studio Six, Tracey Birchwood
  • 2010
  • Stonesetting Course, West Dean College
  • 2010
  • Gemmology Introductory Course · Gem A, Hatton Garden, London
  • 2005
  • Art and Design Scholarship, Claremont Fan Court School
  • Work experience, Artist Blacksmithing, Terrence Clark
  • Jewellery Designer and Maker for Auctioned, ‘Haven’ Charity Spring Ball, UK
  • Stone Carving Course, Portland, UK
  • Wood Carving, Claremont Fan Court School

Teaching

  • 2013 – Present
  • Technician, 3D Small (Wood, Metal, Plastics, Digital Technologies, Jewellery and Ceramics) Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • 2012
  • Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art, 6 Day TIS self-initiated and run project.
  • Art and English Teacher, Azzan Bin Qais International School, Muscat, Oman.
  • Preparing to Teach Workshop, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2011
  • Visiting Lecturer, Brighton School of Art and Design.
  • ‘Revival’, ReachOutRCA, Assisting Artist Jasleen Kaur, Reviving Craft in Schools
  • Ananas Anam
  • Guest Speaker to 3rd Year Students, 3DD, Manchester School of Art
  • 2009
  • Guest Speaker, Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool