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Making is central to my personal and spiritual growth. I always say that any investigation into the production of new pieces is very much about “making me” as well as making new work. My practice is slow and mindful, not only of the provenance and destination of each piece, but also of my natural cycles of thinking and making. I am also very interested in the calm and the discipline that can be learnt through making and I often like to channel my instinctive and eruptive creative inner self through meditative, challenging and process-intensive work.

Narrative is the driving force behind my thinking, and the need to say, comment or express fills most of my work. A title is often how 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 echoing in my head, 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. 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 workable solutions from available resources and basic staples.

Most of the stories I tell come to be embodied in a one-off piece or ensemble, or a limited-edition body of work. 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 series are born, never knowingly finite but projects that remain open to be revisited. Re-explored. Re-experienced. And, above all, re-enjoyed.

I grew up in Italy, where I soon discovered I fitted in like a square peg in a round hole. So, at the age of 20, I moved to London and, after graduating in English Literature, I pursued diverse and progressively more interesting careers in publishing, hospitality and archaeology. Until my mid-thirties, when I found my true calling and retrained in the jewellery quarter in London and through a second degree in Three-Dimensional Design and Craft. I practise happily from my studio in north Norfolk, on the North Sea coast, which has been my home and constant source of inspiration since 2008, and I am now undertaking new research into my practice through an MA at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design in London.

Born: 1973, Italy

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2015 - (2018) – Currently undertaking research towards my MA by Project at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

2010 - 2015 – First Class BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design and Craft, Colchester School of Art

1994 - 1997 – BA (Hons) English, University of Surrey

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Masterclasses

2016 - "Selfie Now" with Prof. Ruudt Peters

2016 - Collaborative Danish-British cross-cultural workshop with the Guild of Enamellers

2016 - "Creative and experimental surfaces in enamel" with Elizabeth Turrell

2015 - "Jewellery from found materials: design on the edge" with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

2015 - "Creative and experimental surfaces in enamel" with Elizabeth Turrell

2013 - Experimental Enamelling with Jessica Turrell

2013 - Hand Engraving with Wayne Parrot / The Hand Engravers Association

2013 - "Story, Image, Object" with Zoe Arnold

2013 - "Design on the edge: jewellery as personal adornment" with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

2013 - "Re-cycle, re-use, re-see enamelling" with Elizabeth Turrell

2013 - "Jewellery and movement" with Tim Carson (Timothy Information Limited)

2012 - “Dancing with jewellery” with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

 

EXHIBITIONS

2017
- 20:20 Visions - The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's 20th anniversary touring exhibition (see website for venues)

2016
- Jewellery and Cinema, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

- Pass It Along, international collaborative project - click here for online exhibition

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Taster Shows, The Forum (Norwich) and The Old Workshop Gallery (Corpusty)

2015
- Jewellery and Architecture, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

- The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange

- New Designers, London

- Degree Show, Colchester School of Art

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Central Taster, The Forum, Norwich

- Tales From The Tool Box: Narrative Jewellery, Crafthaus http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/tales-from-the-tool-box-chapter-two

2014
- Havago Festival, The Forum, Norwich. A 2-day creative festival with artists demonstrations and workshops for the public to try their hands at a new skill.

- New Designers, London

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

- Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Taster Shows, The Forum (Norwich) and The Atrium (North Walsham)

- Changing Hues: Color Embraced By Metalsmiths Around The World, The Ganoksin Project (permanent gallery at www.ganoksin.com/exhibition/changing-hues)

2013
- Undersong, Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand

- The Button Project, Silk Museums, Macclesfield

- Jewellery Showcase, The Forum, Norwich

- Liminal, SlackSpace, Colchester

2012 and earlier
- Forging Ahead, a curated exhibition of metal art. Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk

- Jewellery Showcase, The Forum, Norwich

- Show of Hands, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester

- North Norfolk Artspace Summer Open Exhibition, Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk

 

MENTORING

- Volunteer mentor for undergraduates students on the Three-Dimensional Design and Craft degree course at Colchester School of Art

- Volunteer mentor at North Walsham High School, Norfolk, as part of their "Inspire to Aspire" scheme

- Collaborator with global online creative platform Arts Thread (www.artsthread.com) during annual London Design Festival career events at Victoria & Albert Museum

 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS - WORK FEATURED IN:

Matthew Runfola, Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths, Thames & Hudson (2014)

[NOTE: American edition: Matthew Runfola, Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths, Interweave Press LLC (2014) ]

 

REVIEWS

Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Object (Wellcome Collection)

Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 62, Spring 2016 (digital version not yet available)

Kevin Coates: A Bestiary of Jewels and In Conversation: Dr Coates and Prof Cook (Ashmolean Museum)

- Young British Jewellers Blog (youngbritishjewellers.co.uk/blog) - scroll down to 15 Mar 2014

Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 58, Spring 2014 (http://www.acj.org.uk/images/pdf/findings/findings58.pdf)

Barbara Christie: Light Seeping Through Windows (CAA, London) and Nora Fok: Cloud Nylon (Lesley Craze, London)

-Young British Jewellers Blog (youngbritishjewellers.co.uk/blog) - scroll down to 04 Mar 2013 (page 2)

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.