Jewellery & workshops
Metal serves as a catalyst that best expresses my modernist ideals and aesthetic, giving me the freedom to exploit both traditional and modern fabrication techniques.
My process begins by prototyping each new design by hand; saw piercing, soldering, and forging in my off the grid studio, utilising sustainable materials and practices wherever possible. I then digitally model many of my designs to have them 3D printed in wax and formed using traditional lost wax casting techniques. I apply resin for colours and finish every piece by hand; sanding, burnishing and polishing to ultimately reveal meticulously clean designs.
My work yields modernist pieces that embrace innovative technologies while being grounded in natural form. And like the untouched nature around me, I try to encompass both structure and beauty in the final products of my design process.
Lighting & objects
I combine turned timber with colourful resins to produce unique statement pieces. Whenever possible, I source timber from local arborists and farmers. Aside from being responsible, this approach provides access to natural features that are rarely found in commercially sourced timbers including charcoal from bush fires, damage from fungal infections and stress fractures.
One of the joys of turning is searching for the hidden gems that can lay hidden in even the most rotted lump of firewood. Disease, fire and fungus can generate all sorts of unique features and colours that are only revealed once the timber has been cleaned back and oiled. Every so often a piece of timber emerges that starts my heart racing. Having found the piece, I spend sleep deprived hours thinking through exactly how it could be shaped; if resin needs to be applied and if so, what colours.