Back to School
Many things inspire me to make jewellery. I have broken my process into three categories, material, process or conceptual exploration. Sometimes I start with a material, dissect it, fold it, hammer it, solder it, drill it, paint it. Or a process such as enamelling, which is very strict and regimented, but as with any process you can agitate it a bit. Break the rules. Sometimes the results are pleasing, and some times just disastrous. But I find it important to experiment, and I've never been one to play by the rules.
The back to school range was a material and conceptual project for me. I love the simplicity or metal wire, so pure and shiny. And metal wire has a memory, no step can be undone without changing the integrity of the metals crystalline structure. And then of course I like to collect simple structures. I have a vast collection of paperclips, in all their shapes, sizes and materials. Love hearts, faces, kittens you name it, there is a wire structure paperclip made in it's likeness. But if you use a material like fine gold wire, fine enough to fit through a piercing, you can trace the outline of a paperclip and suddenly that object can be attached to the body. I fold and wrap the wire with the right amount of tension so it is hard and durable, and from a simple form becomes another simple form. This project was very playful for me, I find the resulting pieces minimal and beautiful but most of all humorous.