As a small child I spent many hours making jewellery from the endless resources at my paternal grandparent’s house. Beads, lace fabric, you name it, grandma was quite the hoarder. I learnt to sew on an old treadle machine and learning embroidery and knitting from my mother and her mother.
I studied Fashion Design at RMIT, in those years it was more an art diploma situated within the art school.
I worked in the industry for 40 years, the last 20+ years in a freelance capacity as well as running a small manufacturing enterprise catering for the top end of the market
Leaving the industry, I returned to study and completed the diploma of Textile Art at Box Hill Institute, then on to completing a Batchelor of Fine Art, majoring in tapestry, at Monash university.
Although I still work in textiles and beads my focus has changed to metal, starting with cold connections and then on into the “real” stuff. A chance online workshop Introduced me to enamel and I have been hooked ever since. There is so much to learn and explore.
My other passion is Ethiopia, I first travelled there in 2008 to help with a paper bead projector for women who were waiting for surgery at the Fistulae hospital. I have continued to spend three months, every year working with NGOs and the wonderful friends I have made there helping them to grow their enterprises. Proceeds from the sale of my jewellery and components go towards paying some of my expenses.