A compilation of artwork inspired by a non consumeristic ethos using precious and non precious materials to create unique pieces of wearable and non wearable art.
I have always been an outsider with no convenient so-called ethnic (a UK construct invented in 1989 btw) or otherwise P.C. label to gather under or be justified by. I’m just me, culture of one. With unusual parents, unusual upbringing and never the one to fit in anywhere without using my chameleon skills. Unrooted, multi-culticultural, forever the immigrant. I loathe cliques for their exclusive or snob attitude. I reluctantly belong to groups in trepidation that they too decide to silently and randomly oust me from their fold. Even here, Outside In, is this the place I will be accepted and appreciated? Who knows. Opportunities come and they go, ignoring my valiant efforts as usual. How disabled or marginalised do we have to visibly be in order to suffer enough traumatising discrimination to then be thrown some paltry token gesture that inevitably means nothing in the long run. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t ingratitude. It is recognising our reality for what it is, the crushing system for what it is. And surviving none the less, dedicated nonetheless, to a personal ideal regardless of success as defined by opportunity.
Here is my more palatable artist statement:
I started my creative journey in my late 20’s making cards and creative diy. Later in my late 30’s I started learning jewellery making techniques and became a silver jeweller for the next 10 years. I am still creative in upcycled diy and craft and have recently re-invested my time in those pursuits as I find them equally satisfying and challenging as the jewellery.