I did toy with the possibility of becoming an artist in my teens, particularly a jewellery artist, having spent most of my childhood making things, but growing up in a family of scientists saw me follow my fascination for human physiology first. Careers in science, patent law, business development and computer systems only began to be put aside in 2006 when I discovered precious metal clay at the Asimi College of Jewellery in Hong Kong. I loved the fluidity, pliability and unexpected possibilities that metal clay provided and this gave me the inspiration and impetus to express my abiding passion for sculptural and wearable art.
The textile aspect of the works I have been playing with since childhood when my devoted mother took it upon herself to teach me weaving, knotting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, sewing.....the fun is in coaxing these skills out of their traditional roles and into the modern artistic context of sculpture and sculptural jewellery design.
About my work
The current jewellery focus is on works featuring fine silver (99.9%) fashioned from precious metal clay (or "silver clay"). Silver pieces are typically complemented by hand-worked textiles in combination with hardware items, found objects and other hand built pieces in a variety of media. In my jewellery work, I'm always looking for new ways to create unique pieces. Each piece is an experimental project, so they often don't make it out of the studio as jewellery, though they can emerge as part of an art work instead!
Sculptural art works include polyvinyl acetate (which has similar properties to silver clay paste), textile elements such as knitted leather or cotton, paint, silver and other metals.
Many of my art works reference political issues. So many suffer, and if my art can spark conversations perhaps it can contribute, in some small way, to effecting change.