These are some of my bird brooches. I began making the series for my graduation collection. The early brooches won first prize from The Goldsmiths’ Company, and I exhibited them at New Designers 2007 and then around the country that autumn (The Barbican and SDC Gallery in London, Kath Libbert’s Jewellery Gallery in Saltaire, Diana Porter in Bristol, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham). Three of the brooches can also be seen in ‘Adorn’ – a great book by Amanda Mansell.
Since then I’ve been gradually adding to the series – and gradually saying goodbye as some get sold! They’re all made from a basic palette of walnut, silver, and 18 carat gold. Some of the earlier laser welded ones include stainless steel and mild steel. I used wood as it’s used traditionally for portraying birds, and a visit to see some decoy duck carvers at work was seminal in me developing my style. It helped me to understand that I wanted to convey the feelings I got from seeing birds, not just what I saw. As a result most of my work is still abstract rather than figurative.