I like to keep it straightforward – I tell people that I am a designer and a jeweller. I get asked all the time what my design style is and it really is a difficult question to ask. I usually say that I am a traditional Goldsmith with a fashion sensibility. If asked more then I go into the design style which is heavily influenced by mythology, ancient cultures and any stories liked to this that has a key point of interest.
What sort of comments do you get about your designs?
Being part of an active studio with a shop front in Brighton and Hove I am lucky to be able to get lots of feedback from clients. The designs go down well and I am always surprised at how I have both male and female customers as well as a wide age range. The general reaction goes along the lines of “oh, that’s different”. Then they try it on and fall in love with the piece!
What is your background?
My background is a bit back to front. I originally studied interiors and architecture for a year but got frustrated with not being able to make what I was designing so moved over to jewellery design. I eventually moved from Scotland to London to study at the Royal College of Art and after graduating there I moved straight into teaching jewellery, mainly focussed in apprentices, in Hatton Garden (the heart of the UK jewellery industry). Doing that for almost 10 years, I decided it was time to focus on my own making so left, relocated to Brighton and set up my label in 2015.
Which designers do you rate highly and why?
My attention span is so short and my favourite things change daily but there are always a few key names that survive! I’m all about new label and emerging brands as that’s where (more...)