We love how hands-on you are with all steps of your process. This brings about a beautiful idea of chance, offering with it an almost bespoke, one-off formula with each piece. Is this something you like to play on, or do you enjoy the challenge of refining and perfecting?
I think it's both? it can be a challenge getting things to the right amount of spontaneous organic texture. I make everything to order myself so there is definitely a bespoke element to my jewellery by nature. Like most pieces my rings are individually hand carved to size so it's not a reproduction in a commercial sense but an object created that is very much from my hands. I will often leave in smooth melt marks or tool marks on the inside of rings simply in protest of perfectness or an industry standard of "your inside bands must be like everybody else's inside bands" lol. To be completely honest I cringe at perfect, precise jewellery it's just not something I would wear myself.
We admire the fact that you recently took a month away from work to have some space and to tend to your home and garden. What sort of reflections and ideas did you have over this time? Anything that surprised you? Anything you've bought into your new routine?
Taking time off from Jewellery and social media halfway through this year was really wonderful and very much needed. I had forgotten how to switch off my mind and how to be present. So I just decided to give myself a good time away from my business and get back in the garden and get back to basics. During my time off I taught myself how to make a sourdough starter and bake sourdough bread, something I kept putting off or never finding time to do. I now stay off social media as much as possible and will often delete the app off my phone on weekends, a great tip I took from Holly Houston.