Since 2005 I have been making acrylic contemporary jewellery with wild flower designs. My inspiration is to share what has cheered me up and got me through the tough times. It all started at a difficult period of my life when, in order to cope with it, I started to try to empty my head of all my problems and just be in the moment (I thought of it as being a holiday). I become aware of what was around me – listened to the sounds and notice where I was. I became enormously comforted by how beautiful the world is. So, I started working with plants, leaves and flowers and developed this method of capturing the detail of the plants. I wanted to share this with people who wear my jewellery.
All the acrylic I use is made from 100% recycled materials. It is also free from volatile organic compounds and hydrofluorocarbon making it more environmentally friendly. It is important to me that I am not contributing to the increase of plastic waste but am doing something to re-purpose some of it.
My work is not mass produced. Each piece is individually handmade using real flowers and leaves to create the designs. The wild 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’ as the fine detail and even the veins of the leaves show on the embossed surface of the acrylic. The leaves perish in the process so each piece is unique (as all leaves and flowers differ from all others – they are a memory of each individual leaf). I want to convey the narrative of nature claiming back the man-made so I confront the synthetic with the wild, by using plants, to produce beautiful and individual acrylic jewellery.