Are you able to inform me how you bought into jewelry making?
I at all times wished to go to uni and be taught one thing new and I actually love jewelry, so I did my diploma in it at Central Saint Martins in London. There, I additionally received the chance to do a placement yr for Alex Monroe, a jeweller who is legendary for his or her iconic bumblebee necklaces. After that placement, I carried on working with them part-time and received the chance to do bespoke items for them too.
All of the items in your Contact of the Sea assortment are nothing in need of magical, so are you able to inform me a bit of bit extra in regards to the inspiration behind them?
I’ve at all times been fascinated by the pure world and particularly the seaside. Nevertheless, I’ve seen a number of seaside jewelry that’s fairly tacky, so I used to be at all times actually cautious to not go down that street. As an alternative, I’ve drawn inspiration in a extra delicate method and my items are sometimes fairly summary, in order that even when you don’t notably love the ocean, I hope you can nonetheless put on and love my jewelry. A few of my items are made utilizing imprints from shells by pouring wax in or over the floor of them. I then sculpt and form these casts to adapt them to the physique. Different items are a bit extra sculptural and are made to focus on the hidden shapes and contours present in nature. For instance, one in all my bangles is impressed by a Saccostrea shell, and the stunning wiggly line you see throughout the seam when it’s closed.
The theme for this assortment is all about exploring human connections with nature and the way we crave them
Nottingham is sort of a method away from the seaside. Now you’re right here do you assume your items will transfer away from drawing inspiration from the ocean?
The theme for this assortment truly began after I was finding out in London, and it was all about exploring human connections with nature and the way we crave them. Even holding a pebble in your hand, for instance, can have such a chilled impact. Residing in a busy metropolis like London made me crave, research and respect nature extra, and though Nottingham is extra chilled out, I undoubtedly wish to hold exploring these themes, as being in a metropolis at all times conjures up me to reconnect with nature.
Jewelry could be actually emotive. What feelings would you like your jewelry to evoke?
Typically while you maintain pure objects, it will possibly carry up recollections, whether or not it’s a particular go to to the seaside or a connection to nature, so I at all times hope my items evoke emotions of calm. I’ve had cases of individuals telling me how a lot they like to play with my jewelry due to its calming impact on them too – they love fidgeting with the items and feeling the shapes and the textures. I additionally do a number of bespoke items reminiscent of engagement rings and marriage ceremony bands, in order that’s clearly obtained in a really completely different method too and can naturally set off completely different feelings.
One of many issues I seen you do that’s actually particular is respiratory new life into previous household heirlooms and gems. Are you able to inform me a bit of extra about that?
I’m actually obsessed with sustainability and I like giving life to previous objects. Reasonably than at all times in search of new stones and new items of steel, I typically soften down previous gold and silver and provides it a brand new lease of life. I also can use any previous stones from rings that somebody has had handed all the way down to them from earlier generations. I feel lots of people are actually fortunate and have household jewelry that they simply love however some additionally inherit jewelry that they assume is de facto not them, and after I get to work on these items, it’s at all times wonderful and so rewarding seeing the transformation.
You hear lots in regards to the destructive aspect of gold mining and irresponsible steel sourcing, however the place do you supply your steel from and the place do you stand on that?
I at all times try to make all my jewelry in stable silver or gold and by no means use base metals as a result of the jewelry business isn’t at all times essentially the most sustainable. Once I make my jewelry, I at all times wish to be certain that it’s produced from long-lasting supplies to allow them to stand up to the take a look at of time and develop into heirlooms for the longer term. The metals I take advantage of are recycled gold or silver and I even have a licence with a fair-mined gold firm so individuals do have the choice of utilizing gold sourced from there in its place.
Hopefully I can hold creating this assortment as a result of there are countless shapes, shells and pure objects that I can discover by my items
What are your plans for the longer term?
Hopefully I can hold creating this assortment as a result of there are countless shapes, shells and pure objects that I can spotlight and discover by my items. On the minute it’s simply me and I wish to develop my staff at some point sooner or later. Nevertheless, I’ve at all times mentioned I’d by no means wish to get so huge that I couldn’t handle my staff, as I wouldn’t wish to lose that non-public contact or not get an opportunity to be concerned within the precise making or designing. All my items are additionally at present very sculptural and fairly chunky, however subsequent I’m going to be making a tremendous assortment which can have an identical idea, nonetheless celebrating nature, however be extra delicate, with a cheaper price level.
What have been your profession highlights to this point?
Once I get requested by a household or buddy to make one thing, I at all times discover that actually touching. My cousin requested me to make his engagement ring which was the primary ever engagement ring that I made. That was an enormous spotlight for me. I’ve additionally simply launched in two native stockists, ok. fines in Hockley and Final Evening I Dreamt in Southwell. They’re each wonderful jewellers.