“My Austrian aunt had a beautiful collection of very expensive jewellery and when I visited her as a child, the first thing I would say was “treasure!” She would smile, nod & let me rummage through her jewellery box. She was a very fashionable woman and had a very modernist sense of style. Combinations of silver, gold, oxidized, set with wonderful stones would make me dream at night of finding caskets of buried treasure”.

“Another early influence were my visits to museums. My parents took me regularly to the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum and I would stare through the glass cabinets in awe at the Egyptian adornments, trying to figure out how each piece was made, then try to replicate it in copper wire. My mother, an artist herself, would bring home discarded coloured electrical wire, which I would fashion into African style jewellery and sell at my school fairs and my earliest work incorporated buttons from my grandmothers jewellery box.”