I’ve been working on some concepts for necklaces lately – thinking about the forms and materials I use and their source. Two key words I reference in my work are ‘fragile’ and ‘raw’ and I was thinking about where do these come from for me. The answer I’ve found is the Australian bush which is a little surprising for me as I’m no avid bush walker although I do live in an area that borders bushland bordering the Yarra river so there is lots of native vegetation. Also I realise it is the bush floor that inspires me – the scruffy brittle dryness of leaf litter, sticky twigs, gum nuts, bark and dust – fragile and raw. It is a textural, tonal landscape with few strong contrasts except maybe for the black charred wood of an old fire.
I’ve made work in the past inspired by the sea – once again, not something I have a particularly strong affinity with – but it is the fragments washed up on the shore that inspire me. Looking down at the ground again. I’ve always been a collector of natural bits and pieces and I realise that this lifetime habit seeps into and guides my work as a maker.