‘Growing up in the outer suburbs of London I never dreamed that I would end up living up in a tiny town in rural Australia and loving every minute of it’.
I have always loved making things and Quisnam started as a way to relieve some of the stresses that we all face in our daily lives. Sitting down with the intention of creating something is, for me, almost meditative.
Life is frequently beautiful but often imperfect. My jewelry aesthetic reflects this and is handmade using new, recycled and salvaged materials. Rust, flaky paint, frayed ribbon – to some imperfections - are a feature of my designs and add to an item's uniqueness and beauty, a sentiment that could also just as easily be applied to life I think.
I love the idea of a ‘found’ object and incorporate them in my designs as often as I can. 'What else could this be?' is a question
I often ask myself, hence my shop’s name Quisnam, which is Latin for ‘who’ or ‘what’. Over time my work has evolved and I have developed a distinct style with a focus on texture and color; textile and ethnic embroidery, fiber and silk make frequent guest appearances in my pieces!
I am endlessly interested in the meaning humans attach to things- this is why much of my work incorporates objects that are considered amulets and talismans in some cultures.
I only work when I have a story to tell. I think this authenticity is communicated through the finished piece in much the same way as a canvas communicates the thoughts and feelings of the painter.