1989, I completed a 4 year B.A. Hons. degree at Edinburgh College
of Art which encompassed artistic and technical aspects of jewellery
production, enabling me to conceive and construct jewellery using
a variety of materials.
1988, I have been creating jewellery and other wearable art from
recycled materials including wire from old televisions. My training
gave me the freedom to make jewellery and objects in the widest
context. The effect of the technique I have created is reminiscent
of brocade and filigree work, but the fact these are recycled materials
is not immediately apparent. By emphasizing the value of design,
my hope has been to offer an alternative to the conservative convention
of only viewing jewellery as an investment commodity.
completing post-graduate studies in 1990, I established myself as
a practicing jeweler/artist by exhibiting and selling work throughout
the U.K. In 1991, I became Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year
followed by Recycling Fashion Designer of the Year (U.K.) in 1992.
my marriage in 1993, I lived in Australia, Canada
and America. In Sydney, my work developed and I
began to export to markets in Asia and the U.S.,
during this time I was also exhibiting nationally
and undertaking commissions. I developed ranges
for gallery/stores in Australia and Japan. In 1997,
moving to Canada led to new challenges in establishing
a new network of outlets, suppliers and clients.
This move also influenced my work in new directions
(ie: embroidery). It encouraged me to grow as an
international artist and allowed my work to evolve.
My work was selected by two galleries to be shown
at the prestigious craft expo S.O.F.A. (Sculptures
Objects and Functional Art) in Chicago and New York.
I was also invited to participate in an international
exhibition of contemporary jewellery at the Royal
Museum of Scotland called “Jewellery Moves”.
In 2000, I moved to San Francisco where I had my
first child. In 2002, I moved back to the UK to
Liverpool and in 2004, moved to Wirral, I started
to exhibit my work again and had my second child.
2003-2004, through the New Entrepreneur Scholarship
Programme at John Moore’s University. I developed
a business plan to set up in business as an artist,
artist agent and organiser of workshops for other