About Me

All the jewellery you see here has been designed and hand made by myself at home in the small town of Saffron Walden, just outside Cambridge.

After completing my BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery degree at Kent Institute of Art & Design in Rochester, I spent some time working at a local jewellers before I began designing, making and selling my own jewellery, including undertaking commissions.

Much of the inspiration for my work is taken from the magnificent book illustrations of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, particularly the works of Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham. I try to convey the opulent detail and colour of these illustrations by using lots of wire-wrapping and brightly coloured stones and beads. The stories themselves, myths and fairytales also frequently provide me with inspiration, as well as things I have read, seen, watched - almost anything really!  I am always looking for new ideas and am very happy to undertake commissions, including wedding jewellery, so please feel free to contact me about any ideas you have in mind.

I have also opened a second Etsy shop, Nanuk Designs, in which I sell a range of steampunk-inspired polymer clay jewellery and gifts, as well as some books and illustrations. I enjoyed working with polymer clay (Sculpey or Fimo clay) as a child, and revived my interest a few years ago with some steampunk pieces and dragons; they have proven popular, so I set up Nanuk Designs to give them a place of their own. I create mostly dragons and similar fantastical creatures, and my dragon lockets are my most popular items; each dragon is unique, and I love giving them all individual details and playing with bright colour combinations! I have also done some bookbinding and illustration work, both of which I would love to have more time for, and when I do have some books or prints available those items can also be found here. Anything in Nanuk Designs can also be made to order, by contacting me either through my website here or through the Nanuk Designs Etsy shop.

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