Half Canadian, half British, I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada to a British-born father who travelled to Canada with my war-bride grandmother.
An active Gold Member of the Guild of British Jewellery Designers, I have designed and made silver jewellery since 2000. Whilst my collections have differed over the years, they have a common thread - an eclectic union of new and old.
A few years after earning my degree in Business, I yearned to learn something more creative and began the Jewellery Art and Design Program with Vancouver Community College. I began making jewellery that encorporated antique beads and broken jewellery. Little did I know life had exciting plans for me - I moved to the UK when I was 30, after meeting a British chap (who is now my husband) on a cycling holiday in France.
After moving to Staffordshire, I found it tough being away from Canada. On the postive side, I loved immersing myself in the UK countryside and the history of the local area. I had a garden for the first time in my life and began enjoying cultivating the flowers, vegetables etc that I wanted to grow. Often whilst digging, I would find a pottery shard. I started a collection, which quickly expanded as I found other shards in different areas - along the canal, the common, and in other counties, such as Shropshire and also in Wales. It was researching this collection of shards that made me feel connected to this area. It wasn't long before my love for this collection merged with my love of jewellery making. My first two pieces used a broken shard from my grandmother's heirloom pottery and the first shard I found on the Common in Stone; the idea for Unearthed was officially born: to create jewellery for others, providing them with their own shard of history, that upcycles unearthed, man-made materials into jewellery with a story that creates connection and evokes memories and stories.