When did you first start making jewelry and how did you learn?
I first started making jewellery about 27 years ago! I did an HND in jewellery making, specialising in enamelling at the Sir John Cass College of Jewellery Making in London (which is now called the London Metropolitan University). There I learned how to cast, solder, cut and shape metal and then there was no looking back ... !
Can you remember the first piece you made?
The first piece of jewellery I ever designed and made was an enamelled pendant in silver. I still have it and can obviously see all the mistakes, but I cherish it to this day, as it reminds me of how magical it was, learning this new skill at that time.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere! I'm fueled by my childhood in Africa and Asia and ancient artifacts and tribal relics. By colours, textures and patterns in nature, by textiles and ceramics ... I can find inspiration in anything and everything!
What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?
My favourite craft is obviously jewellery designing and making, I just love playing around with ideas and mixing mediums and materials. I am so lucky to have a fantastic workshop space next to my house, which is a double garage, it is my creative sanctuary! If I could, I would probably live in there, but I don't think my sons would approve!
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?
I always have the radio or music on when I'm working. Sometimes it's Radio 4 or I put a CD on. Today I've dug out my favourite Bowie CD, as I was shocked to hear of his death!
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I love all crafts and dabble in painting, sewing, card making and cooking, especially Asian food!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just a BIG THANK YOU for having me on and please check out my new project book coming out on February 19th 2016 called: Hammered Wire Jewellery published by Search Press!