Homes & Gardens
MEET THE MAKER
Can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in Hampshire, Germany and Wales before studying archaeology at Bristol University. After that I worked for 10 years in libraries, archives and in university administration before having my eureka moment and starting to make delicate botanical wreaths out of copper. I made and sold my work for five years while still working full-time at a university, before becoming fully self-employed a year ago. I also sell hand-painted eggs every spring, create illustrated maps and dabble in ceramics.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Nature. I love walking and a lot of my ideas come to me while
I’m on a hike. I don’t think there’s anything as beautiful as a hedgerow and I take lots of pictures and collect leaves and seed heads to study later. I want my wreaths to look like a small section of a hedgerow – tangled and delicate.
What is it you love most about what you do?
I have always loved making things and I feel thrilled when I have a new idea or a new piece is coming together. I love the medium I work in – copper is warm and versatile and I adore how it reflects the light.
Can you recommend any other creative that we should know about?
I love @amanda.slades. studio’s wild yet delicate paintings inspired by the Cornish landscape. @tamsintheshed creates magical stained-glass paintings. I’d like to own one of @britagranstrom charming paintings one day and also a ceramic by @judith_rowe_pottery.
If you weren’t an artist, what was plan B?
I studied archaeology and worked in archives for a while so would probably have pursued that – I always dreamed of conserving ancient manuscripts.