Saggart, Co. Dublin. Hand-dyed paper, fabrics & metal. Worked for Janet Perry, 1996. Buyers include actor Amanda Burton. Her jewellery was purchased for the latest series of Sex and the City. Exhibitions & outlets include Harley Gallery, Nottingham; & C.A.A., London.
My work in paper jewellery began when experimenting with paper making and paper manipulation while studying for a jewellery degree at Edinburgh College of Art. I found that I could acheive a spontaneous, light, tactile and colourful effect when working with paper. Experimentation primarily began using specialist papers from Thailand, India and Japan, and old newspapers. Subsequently I started to use a manufactured paper commonly used in upholstery.
I combine the paper with fabric, felt, metal and cord using a variety of textile and jewellery techniques. I produce two ranges: large sculptural wearable art pieces and a commercial range of neckpieces, brooches and bangles.
My work crosses boundaries between sculpture, textile art and jewellery design. Inspiration derives from a fascination with simple shapes, textures and repetition. It is taken from observing landscapes, boglands, rock formations and sea life. Colour is very important, with earthy browns and greys, and vivid greens, blues and reds from the sea, featuring throughout my work. Texture is my main consideration, acheived by layering hard and soft fibres and knotting and sewing paper cord.