A few words about my background
I have been working in the bridal world for many years, attracting individual commissions from brides, collaborating with bridalwear designers, jewellery shops and selling my designs through my own bridal business and website.
I enrolled on a Fashion and Clothing Craft course to enhance my practical skills for my newly launched bridal business. The business was very successful and after 15 years of serving happy brides, I gave it up to devote my attention to designing and making jewellery and accessories... the part I loved the most!
In 2000 I embarked on a Foundation Course in Art & Design and consequently an Applied Art degree at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating in 2004 with a BA, 1st class honours. My final degree show ‘glass wedding dress’ and glass jewellery collection attracted great attention and was exhibited at a number of galleries around the country and the prestigious 'New Designers' Exhibition at the Business Design Centre, London, I was awarded a Licenciate of Designer Craftsmen.
In 2005, I was happy to be nominated and accepted for a place on the NCGE (National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurs). This course was held at Cambridge University and was instrumental in my goal of firmly establishing myself as a designer in the bridal industry.
My work is constantly evolving and continues with more exploration into colour, discovering lyrical compositions with warm and cool colour pallettes. I create strong, fluid, feminine jewellery with wire, lace, crystals, pearls and gemstones. I am fascinated by wire in all its guises from the finest gauge silver wire for lace inspired bridal pieces to bold gunmetal enamelled wire for statement colour fashion pieces.
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. 2001 - 2004 Degree Show
'Creature of Volume' 2004
Hand cut soda (window) glass, silk screen printed and laser etched with japanese style birds and flower design; silk screen printed white organza, silver metallic organza; silver plated wire, in excess of 3000 Swarovski crystals. This dress was part of my final degree show exhibition. Every element of the dress was made by hand and took in excess of 700 hours to complete.