While studying silversmithing, jewellery construction and casting, I became interested in the history of jewellery and its symbolism and function in different cultures. As a result of this, I began designing and constructing jewellery using trade beads, semi-precious stones and antique tribal silver from various tribal and nomadic cultures of the world.
I have collected many materials in my travels to South Africa, Morocco, Thailand, Nepal and India. I also incorporate elements and symbols of tribal culture from Tibet and Afghanistan and reconstruct them into modern, cross-cultural pieces of wearable art.
These much used beads and silver elements have been worn by many different people as amulets to ward off evil, to represent their status in the tribe, to exchange for other goods and to bring good fortune. These elements I choose are intriguing to me as they seem infused with the spirits of the people of these many cultures. Wearing this jewellery gives me a feeling of connection to the lives of those people who made or wore these pieces first.