I cannot fully remember when I first started to gain an interest in western media, but as a child one of the things that stuck in my mind was from a piece of advertisement I had seen on the television. I liked the sense of humour and the creative way of entertaining, whilst cleverly promoting a product. I also enjoyed taking my mother’s jewellery apart and then rebuilding it, creating my own design.
As I got older I chose a typical path and went to university to study accountancy but after one year I decided to do something different and came to England. After going to Birmingham City University I developed a collection of paper jewellery and after I went to Bishopsland, I transferred the layering idea into silver and precious metal. I had the opportunity to learn the skill of hand engraving from Malcolm Appleby which helped shape and transform my work.
My work started from experimenting with the balance between nature and ornamentation. By looking at the rings within a tree it shows the age of the tree and as time creates the rings it also creates the beauty. I started by making a collection of objects and accessories by building up layers in paper and silver. I had created my first collection of tinted paper jewellery. I found that after learning hand engraving, I now look at the way hair flows and the patterns formed from ordinary objects and they influence my engraving collection.
I have gained a passion to work with metal in an organic way. My way of building layers has been refined through my experience and I have also mixed layers with my hand engraving.
I love the work progressing after many hours of making layers and I really enjoy seeing the interesting shapes and pattern created by them. I get the same joy through engraving, using a graver and cutting into the metal just like an artist does drawing with a pencil onto paper.
My favourite piece is the oyster box. It has a good balance of layering and engraving and with a secure, unusually shaped lid. I love how the layers flow around the box as if it was water frozen in its tracks.