‘After graduating in July with a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts (specialising in Silversmithing and jewellery) I am currently artist in residence at University of Ulster Belfast. Although my degree was specifically in silversmithing and jewellery I haven’t exactly stuck to the traditional boundaries of jewellery-truth is; ordinary jewellery bores me a little and the traditional skills, techniques and materials that come to mind when you think of jewellery aren’t what I enjoy.
When I’m working I constantly imagine it being viewed in series as installation type work for the wall but I still want to allow each piece to taken off the wall and become part of your day as art jewellery if that’s how you choose to enjoy it. I draw with my materials and use them in the same way a painter uses paint to make marks on a canvas and then steps back and looks at it; sometimes it works and sometimes not so much and if he isn’t happy with what he sees he plays with different combinations and ideas until it just works and feels finished even if the outcome is completely opposite to the original idea.’
‘I love how resourceful African kids are and after spending time in West Africa I saw how they have this incredible ability to create from rubbish and all because without a lot of money, if they wanted toys they had to find a way to make them by themselves. In their eyes nothing was invaluable as long as they could find a purpose for whatever random object they had found and it seems like if they didn’t have a purpose for it they’d find one pretty quickly. (I love that). This is exactly why I make the way I do; I love transforming stuff that is supposedly worthless and seeing how amazing it can become with a little bit of work and in the right hands. Subconsciously I think it’s all a reminder that we’re all broken somehow with our own little faults and fears but we’re never too far gone or too messed up for a second chance. What I am working on at the minute is kind of a continuation of my ‘Second Chances’ series but with more influences from culture and observations of life in African villages.’