I was born in Vancouver, Canada and moved to Malta as a child. Growing up in a sunny Mediterranean climate clearly had a big influence on my subsequent design work.
I moved to London and took a 4-year BA (Hons) course in Design/Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic. I was very fortunate to secure a work placement with the royal jeweller Andrew Grima at his workshop in Jermyn Street where I was taught much of the trade of a master goldsmith. Shortly after, I opened my own workshop in Clerkenwell and sold items to Liberty's, Detail and the Lesley Craze Gallery in London, Sympsons in Canada and other galleries in London, USA, Japan and Australia. Exhibitions included Dazzle in Edinburgh and Top Drawer in London.
After a period working as a designer and desk-top publisher, I returned to my first love, designing and making jewellery. A studio in Devon followed, selling to local galleries such as Otterton Mill and Polka Dot in Exeter. Selling on the sea front at the Sidmouth Folk Festival was often a highlight and sometimes a low light of the year - depending on the weather.
After several particularly inclement years, the lure of the Mediterranean sun became too much, and I moved back to Malta opening a studio and selling at local fairs and markets. These included the newly established Patches Market and Malta Artisan Fairs. Now we are back in the UK and in our favourite part of the country - the stunning landscapes and environment of Cumbria. Part of our house in Brampton - the Old Surgery - has been made into a workshop where I will be making and selling jewellery - my own designs and I will be available to take on individual commissions.
Over the years my core influences as a jeweller have come from the bold, modern creations of 20th century designer and costume jewellery, particularly 1950s and 60s. But I have also become increasingly inspired by both the historic environment I have lived in and the local environment. Shapes and markings found in ancient structures and artifacts have dominated my designs up until the last few years where the local environment, seascapes and rubble walls of Malta have started to influence my new ranges - Shoreline Urchin and Rubble/Stonewall which has evolved from the stonewalls and landscapes of Cumbria. Bit of an eclectic mix - but hopefully it works!