I love the process of design, problem solving, manufacture, and have had a long obsession with jewellery ... a tactile way to express and share my artwork.
2007 was a great year. It was the year I discovered what I really "wanted to do when I grew up". That "light-bulb" of inspiration and clarity that had evaded me all my life ... but how was I going to get there? Whilst watching a Doctor Who Confidential - To work behind the scenes in TV/Film - I could do that!
Living in Hamilton at the time, I threw myself into props work at the theatre and managed to locate volunteer work with Brian L. Anderson at the Riverlea Theatre, and work with the University procuring props for an opera and making sculpted Papier- Mâché props for a puppet show. Having crafted various objects over the years, I've built up some skills. And being part of the production machine is a fantastic feeling.
At that time, my children were small and this has meant having to put some of these passions on hold. So in 2008 I started Whovian Jewellery - exploring my love of the science fiction series Doctor Who and creating a line of 'Wearable Whovian Jewellery'. It became a tangible way to be part of that production buzz and develop my skills as an artist. With the desire to improve my business I chose a company to observe - whose creative passion seems limitless and who take the time to answer my questions. Thank you Weta Workshop.
Now the children are bigger and the pull towards the dream job is as strong as ever with a move to Wellington in 2012 - the home of New Zealand's film industry. Over the past couple of years, I have worked on short films, discovered a deeper interest in model making and the process of learning as I continue to improve my skill-set.
Along the way friendships with inspiring artists have sparked a new craze, to create one-of Fan Art items. These are fun to make and a good way to explore a new technique or a creative avenue. In the gallery is a mixture of one-of commissioned artworks and Fan Art. Some lead onto new ventures, some are kept and some... given away - often back to the people who inspire me with their own artworks and who constantly encourage.
As of 2016, living back in Hamilton.