The Sheffield Dot Collection
The place where it all started. The beginning is two-fold, Sheffield is the inspiration for my first collection and the place I learnt to make jewellery. It’s also my adopted home town, so there’s a lot of love going on for the Steel City.
I first created this as a necklace to celebrate an anniversary - 15 years since I lived in halls, went for a few drinks and formed a life long friendship with four fabulous women. Since then it’s become a firm favourite with customers and I’ve added additional size necklaces, bracelets , earrings and brooches.
The Sheffield Dot depicts the topographical landscape of Sheffield through dot patterns showing the city, five rivers and seven hills. Each Dot, is individually hand-cut, filed and punched. And made from recycled silver.
The Porter Valley Collection
Inspired by the Porter Valley in the South West of Sheffield, this collection brings together gold and silver shapes - think flowing circles and rounded edges - to represent the path of the river through the valley.
The Porter Valley is one of my favourite place and a regular running route come rain or shine. This dedication to running, or stupidity depending on your perspective, means that I get to see the seasons change - from bright blue winter light through bare branches to the sprouting of the wild garlic in spring round to the russet Autumn leaves. It’s not just the natural beauty that draws me to the Porter Valley but the industrial history that surrounds it, originally home to small mills and workshops, there is now only Shepherds’ Wheel as a reminder of this.
I have tried to capture the fluidity and evolution in the collection. The rounded rectangles represent the small workshops and mills and the flowing circles the river. Combining gold and silver is a nod to the changing scenery; and I am a fan of mixed metal jewellery.
I try to be a conscious consumer in my day-to-day life; I have carried this approach through to the materials I use to create my jewellery. For each piece I try to use eco (recycled metals), I’ll let you know how much is in each piece.
Streets in the Sky Collection
I love 1960s brutalist architecture! I know its not for everyone but I think the bold lines, sharp edges and use of concrete create something really stunning.
In designing the Streets in the Sky Collection I wanted to play with the idea of combining an everyday material (often over looked or thought of as ugly) like concrete with precious metals. That is why the cube pendants are bound in recycled silver wire and have small silver geometric inserts depicting the aerial view of the blocks of flats at Park Hill.
This collection gives people the chance to wear high quality jewellery with an industrial look. Plus I wanted to work with concrete in a way that was more exciting than fixing a fence-post into the ground.
Don't worry, concrete jewellery is surprisingly light; its the beauty of the material.