Since 2005 I have been making acrylic contemporary jewellery with botanical designs. My inspiration is to share what has cheered me up and got me through the tough times. The realisation of quite what a beautiful place the world is both in the minutia and on the grand scale, I find very comforting.
Each piece is individually handmade using real flowers and leaves to create the designs. The plants and weeds that grow in front gardens and wastelands, in hedges and along paths are a rich source of material. I collect dry and press the leaves and flowers and then use them to create the designs using a process I developed which I call ‘fossilized’. The leaves perish in the process so each piece is unique as all leaves and flowers differ from all others.
I link the natural world with the man-made by marrying acrylic with the plants, to produce beautiful and individual acrylic jewellery. Thanks to the fine detail which is captured on the embossed surface of the acrylic, every vein of the leaf show. My work is a celebration of the organic and the industrial.