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My practice is both a platform and a method for reflection and philosophical enquiry: a personal space in which to ask myself questions, test answers and reactions, and understand how I think and why. It is how I raise my awareness of myself and of how I navigate in the cosmos. In the Socratic spirit that knowledge is virtue, I am driven by the desire to always become a better person. Deeply rooted in mindfulness, my practice is where I learn to exist as an integral, rather than dominant, part of all that surrounds me, resulting in a radical ethical approach.

The need to say, comment or express creates the narrative that fills most of my work. This story-telling takes the form of jewellery pieces which are, at the same time, a means and an expression of my reflection and growth, and an invitation to the viewers and wearers to also reflect and grow by, quite literally, embracing them close to their bodies.

A new piece will first manifest itself sometimes from simply holding a trivial found object which just spoke to me from the ground, sometimes from a recurring word or phrase (often already a title!) echoing in my head, or sometimes from the need to understand and communicate feelings or personal history. Materials, with no hierarchy of value, are included simply according to how they fit my story. Any hesitation as to their choice is a vital clue to me that a tale is not ready to be told: however powerful it may feel in my head or in my soul, I cannot force it into physical existence. When the moment is right, assembling is normally fast and instinctive, and my design process is dictated by an innate make-do attitude: as with everything else in life, I thrive on applying my knowledge to constructive problem solving and finding low-tech workable solutions from available resources and basic staples.

Words and language are for me another material which accompanies me through the making process, and their manipulation is just as essential a factor in determining how the work will finally manifest itself. As a result, titles are never just a necessity or an afterthought and instead, whether at the origin of its concept, or as a final reflection, they form an integral part of each piece.

In a world where stories and information are consumed and discarded at a gruelling pace, my practice never manifests itself in straightforward collections, something I feel would risk feeding a modern hunger for the new and the desirable through objects that (even if only semantically!) suggest being replaceable and disposable. Most of the stories I tell come to be embodied in a one-off piece or small ensemble. Like a short story or novella, they are born in my creative world with a more definite beginning and end. But there are times when I happen upon narratives that just work at a slower pace. I like to think of them as stories that need to be re-examined and retold from different angles. And this is where my occasional series are born, never knowingly finite but projects that remain open to reflection and enquiry. To be revisited. Re-explored. Re-experienced. And, above all, re-enjoyed.