My contemporary jewellery is created by collecting, drying and pressing the individual leaves. The recycled perspex is heated and the leaves are pressed into its surface. Then I use the leaves like a stencil to apply the colours. Once the leaves are peeled off they reveal the unique, colourful design. I developed the process while studying for my MA. I call it ‘Fossilized Plastic’ (due to the fine detail that's captured on the embossed surface - so they are similar to fossils). The idea was inspired by a modernist approach - I link the natural world with the man-made by marrying the plants with the acrylic to produce beautiful, individual pieces. My acrylic jewellery is a celebration of the organic and the inorganic, the industrial and the natural. I make cuffs, necklaces, earrings, rings and brooches.
All the acrylic I use is made from 100% recycled materials. It is also free from volatile organic compounds and hydrofluorocarbon making it more environmentally friendly. It is important to me that I am not contributing to the increase of plastic waste but rather doing something to re-purpose a little of it.
Each piece of jewellery uses an individual, real plant. The delicate process of creating each piece means that even the veins of the leaf will show, embossed into the acrylic. This means that as well as every piece being handcrafted each one is also unique .