The design process can take many different forms for me. Because I work predominantly with the CAD design system, I carry my laptop close by my side.However, the design has to leap off the screen at some point to become a tactile
and more ‘living’ piece of art.
This is why I like to travel regularly, and gain my inspiration based on personal experience. As well as
the Montville studio, I often meet with my clients in their own homes. In this environment, the process becomes a more personal journey for them and also myself, as they are allowing me to get to know their stories, personalities and relationships in order to help bring a design idea to life!
The first thing will be to establish what they want made, of course. However, the final product will be formed from a more tactile, ‘hands-‐on’ process, when I get back to the workbench and can collate all these experiences into a custom make.
For my own creations, I like to travel to locations which inspire me most, and bring me closest to the origins of the gemstone’s origins, such as my recent visit to the opal mines in CooberPedy, South Australia. Acquiring beautiful new
gemstones is a great way to fire up the creative sparks in designing a new piece of jewellery!