My jewellery is designed to be treasured and kept for life, highly crafted pieces to be looked after and enjoyed. I use a small amount of material from the building trade; whilst I can work with vintage pieces and offcuts, I need to buy new at times to be able to repeat designs and meet production orders.
Wood –I use walnut (Mansonia altissima) in much of my jewellery. Happily, this species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Alongside the walnut I also source and use wood offcuts of many different species from makers involved in larger production (furniture).
Laminate – laminate carries a long life expectancy which in turn adds to the longevity of my jewellery. I use Formica, a supplier committed to an environmental and sustainable agenda across the whole of their business, in addition to a vigorously monitored production process, here in the UK.
Gold and Silver – I use sterling silver (925), 9ct gold and 18ct gold. My supplier has been certified in accordance with the LBMA’s Responsible Gold programme (http://www.lbma.org.uk/responsible-sourcing).
My jewellery is made by hand on a one-off or small batch production basis.
Recycling – wherever possible I recycle and/or reuse all of the materials used in my work.
Glue – I use a two-part epoxy glue. I use it sparingly and choose to use it so that my jewellery will last.
Sanding –I use extractors to collect particles from my production process and I dispose of them, along with all other waste, responsibly.
Boxes – my jewellery boxes are made from recycled card.
Location –I walk or cycle to my studio at Cockpit Arts, Deptford – a vital social enterprise that has been helping to support and sustain the craft sector since 1986.