My degree show collection was inspired by the beauty of urban environments, with a particular emphasis on graffiti. I’m fascinated by the often overlooked humour and skill involved with graffiti as well as the physical relief and surface of the continuous layers of spray paint.
I relish experimenting with materials and so have produced a unique range of collaged jewellery that’s materials range from enamel and stone to silver, cardboard and pieces of actual graffiti. Within my work, I draw the focus of my pieces not to any precious material content but rather to the more “disposable”, non-precious materials, like cardboard. I do this, in order to provoke people to question how they assess material value, as I believe that value and beauty can be found anywhere – even within “worthless” materials, like fragments of “vandalism”.
To construct my work, I have extensively experimented with vitreous enamel – combining it with textile techniques such as weaving and sewing to produce new ways to innovatively attach fastenings for brooches, and settings for found materials as well as setting stones without the use of soldering. Therefore challenging enamels’ fragile reputation by showing how versatile and strong it can actually be. I also use enamel for its’ aesthetic and graphic qualities, using it to: draw graffiti scenes such as alleyways using sgraffito; transfer images of my monoprints and photographs of graffiti; and to create paint-like textures using mixtures of vitreous enamel and ground up fragments of natural stone I’ve collected.