“My love of nature profoundly affects my view of the world and of myself in it. The opportunity I have to enjoy the natural world, to be inspired by it and to use the materials it offers, respectfully and creatively, is an endless delight.”
“I have never outgrown my childhood habit of filling my pockets with bits of bark and bone, feathers or stone when I roam the woods or ocean shores. But I’m not really a collector.
I’m a maker. I have plans. No matter that it may take me another 25 years to include just that bit of speckled stone in a piece of jewellery—I store it away in one of the hundreds of boxes and drawers, packed from wall to wall, floor to ceiling, in my studio.
My studio faces the Colquitz River, with a view of towering spruce and arbutus, with ocean and islands nearby. My surroundings become part of the inspiration for my work which tends to be lyrical, organic and complex.
I design jewellery in collections, which I name to reflect their central essence. In this way, I make groups of jewellery, each having their own distinct character. It is important to me that people enjoy it as a visual and a tactile feast.
Knowing that people will always express their individuality with their own unique approach to personal adornment gives me wonderful scope—I feel that the opportunities are truly limitless. I feel that even if I should live to be 100 years old, I would never run out of ideas nor out of appreciation for the possibilities.”