Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid's purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work, developed further whilst studying at Glasgow School of Art.
My jewellery is been inspired by natural forms, primarily seedpods and I have created a body of work based on pod like structures. I use silver, 18ct gold, silk paper and gum nuts to create my jewellery. Collections include "“acorn cup cluster”, clusters of individual acorn cup units assembled to hang in long articulated chains which adorn the body and "honesty", whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves.
My classic "wrap" rage, inspired by birds nests and natural structures, hammered and textured wire, is wrapped and woven to produce unique pieces that are beautifully simple and elegant, along with"daisy"; reticulated silver hand formed cups, with 18ct gold bead detail, assembled into rings pendants and earrings.
Newer collections include aselection of silver and 18ct gold wedding and engagement rings, set with diamonds, sapphire, aquamarine and selection of precious stones, tactile and unique pieces inspired by textures and forms observed in nature. The rings in my precious stacking range are inspired by clusters of pods and flowers, wonderfully versatile rings, they can we worn in a variety of ways, and a new silver and gold wrap range, set with diamonds, aqua marine and sapphire. All pieces are hand made and unique.