"Jewellery is always a treasure, and though it may not be made of gold and diamonds, it should still have that sentiment.” Tom Binns
My work stems around a central idea of taking objectionable elements and altering them so they then become objects of desire. The concept of imperfections being beautiful and items of little worth being transformed into contemporary designs revolves around the found objects I use within my work. Most of my materials are gathered from the coast whilst beachcombing so my jewellery is heavily influenced by this.
Other inspiration comes from Ancient Cultures jewellery, as well the more traditional and often underlooked macraméd hemp jewellery beloved and made iconic by the surf fraternity.
The idea that jewellery has a purpose purely to be decorative may be applicable to mass produced pieces but jewellery first emerged as a way of expressing what we did, and ourselves, who we were. The oldest known pieces of jewellery date from 100,000 years ago and consist of shells with holes bored with sharpened flint. Although a shell necklace from 100,000 years ago may contrast aesthetically with a necklace made recently, they will both have been worn by people with links to the sea.
More recently I have been adapting my range by creating new products for the home too, all based around my signature style. My obsession with sea pottery has resulted in hoarding old vintage plates, which I have updated with my nautical themed doodles, and my ever growing collection of driftwood has inspired my driftwood boat range and the driftwood chandeliers, dripping in sea glass, sea pottery, shells and vintage ab crystals. There are also lots of other little projects I do so have a look around my shop to see what I've been working on recently...
Although my work is heavily focused on using found objects, often detrimental to the coastal ecosystem, my work didn’t begin as a recycling project. I use the beach as a platform for gathering new ideas and materials, and then the pieces design themselves in my head. I never see what I find as rubbish, but just an unfinished part of something else.