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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 jewellery found me. I retrained in the jewellery quarter in London and through a second degree in Three-Dimensional Design and Craft, and I am completing research towards an MA by Project at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture. 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.

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

2018

DISCOVER: WORKS INSPIRED BY FOUND OBJECTS, Garland Magazine, Issue #10, Crafts Council Australia - click here for online exhibition

TRASH ART, Groundwork Gallery, King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK

2017

- SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- JEWELLERY AND MUSIC, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal - click here for details

- SO FRESH + SO CLEAN, Ethical Metalsmiths' International Student Exhibition (USA) - click here for online exhibition

- IDENTITY, Festival of Silver, selected for the XXVI International Jewellery Competition, Legnica, Poland

- 20:20 VISIONS - The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's 20th anniversary national touring exhibition, UK (see website for venues)

- PASS IT ALONG, international collaborative project - click here for online exhibition

2016

- JEWELLERY AND CINEMA, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

- PASS IT ALONG, international collaborative project - click here for online exhibition

2015
- JEWELLERY AND ARCHITECTURE, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

- THE CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY EXCHANGE

- NEW DESIGNERS, Business Design Centre, London, UK

- DEGREE SHOW, Colchester School of Art, Colchester, UK

 

- 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, UK

- NEW DESIGNERS, Business Design Centre, London, UK

 

- 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, Norfolk, UK

- THE BUTTON PROJECT, Silk Museums, Macclesfield, UK

- LIMINAL, SlackSpace, Colchester, UK

2012 and earlier
- FORGING AHEAD, A CURATED EXHIBITION OF METAL ART. Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk, UK

- SHOW OF HANDS, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, UK

 

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 AND MAGAZINES - WORK FEATURED IN:

- "Round The Bend", cover image in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 65, Autumn 2017

- "Once Upon This Time" ensemble, in Mark Fenn's Tales From The Tool Box: Narrative Jewelry, Schiller Publishing (2017)

- Cuff from "Earth" series, in Matthew Runfola's 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) ]

 

CATALOGUES - WORK FEATURED IN:

Jewellery and Music, Tincal Lab (2017)

Identity, Legnica Festival of Silver XXVI International Jewellery Competition (2017)

20:20 Visions, The Association for Contemporary Jewellery (2017)

Jewellery and Cinema, Tincal Lab (2016)

Jewellery and Architecture, Tincal Lab (2015)

 

ONLINE - WORK FEATURED IN:

- DISCOVER, Garland Magazine, Issue #10, Crafts Council Australia - click here for online exhibition

- SO FRESH + SO CLEAN, Ethical Metalsmiths' International Student Exhibition (USA) - click here for online exhibition

- IDENTITY, Festival of Silver, selected for the XXVI International Jewellery Competition, Legnica, Poland - click here for details

- TALES FROM THE TOOLBOX: NARRATIVE JEWELLERY, Crafthaus - click here for online exhibition

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

Where to Buy

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