I enjoy working on private commissions from that dazzling engagement ring to a personalised key fob. My more public commissions have included work within the film industry such as GoldWreaths for Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander’ or Roman Headdresses for the ‘Da Vinci Code’.
I was born and grew up in a small town called Ratingen in Germany. I studied Jewellery Design at Middlesex University and went on to the Royal College of Art to receive my Masters in 1995.
In 1996 I set up my own Studio in London and started to produce limited edition jewellery ranges and one-off pieces that are exhibited and sold world-wide.
I am fascinated by the structures, shapes and patterns of nature and architecture. A particular inspiration to me is the chambered nautilus shell. The gently spiralling exterior gives only a subtle hint of its intricate interior design. In my bead range I have tried to articulate that internal structure by drawing it out and making it the fabric of the piece itself. Using repetitive units I create a visually complex shape that is structurally simple.
My Duotex range explores texture. I have developed an etching technique that allows me to create a tactile surface pattern of intricate fine lines. The satinised and oxidised surface create an intriguing play on dark and light and enhance my simple but strong shapes.
Recently I fell in love with the translucence of pearls which complements these distinctive textures. Setting the pearls into gold adds yet another dimension.