Island Inspiration

Island Inspiration

Living on the Isles of Scilly provides endless inspiration for my work. Combining the coastal elements with contemporary design, I love to experiment with texture and sculptural form by bringing the island landscape into the creative process through a variety of methods including unique casting processes, forging and finishing techniques using the local granite, sand and seawater.

Each collection is intentionally created with different techniques. For example the Granite is beaten and textured by the rock itself, the Ocean's form is created through seawater casting, the Beach is brushed with sanding sticks I make from the local sand. I like the idea of all the collections being different but connected through their Scillonian identity... much like our five islands here; they all vary so much - but are equally as special.

The concept of originality is always a focus and a challenge as an artist - but it is one I pursue in method as well as design. This led me to specialising in hand cut seaglass, an idea I came up with after talking with a friend one evening back in 2018. We were discussing some beautiful emerald cut aquamarines I'd been working with and their origin. She said "if only you could find them on Scilly" the jewellers lightbulb lit up and the next morning, back in the studio, I set to work on faceting some aqua seaglass. It worked and after a lot of work on design and technique, the Treasure Collection was born; applying the jewel enhancing faceting process to the little historic treasures found on our island shoreline. Each piece cut, shaped, faceted and polished by hand. It is a lengthy and precise process, but always exciting to eventually reveal the colours and movement of light inside.