Combining traditional skills with modern design

Port Chalmers, Otago


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Combining traditional skills with modern design

I am an artist based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, NZ.

All my pieces are unique, designed and meticulously handcrafted by myself.

I trained in 'Antique Furniture Conservation and Restoration' at West Dean College in England, graduating in 2005. After working as a conservator/restorer for several years I decided to use my skills to do what I really love - to design and make my own objects.

I am very passionate about keeping old crafts alive (i.e. gilding, woodturning, inlay work) and like to combine these with modern design.

I mainly work with timber, sometimes I add other materials like metal or glass. I love gilding and often decorate my objects with gold leaf.

Occasionally I incorporate discarded objects into my work, things that happen to catch my interest. There's so much beauty around us but often we are far too busy to notice that something old and rusty is in fact a real treasure!
With a bit of time and imagination it can be transformed into something beautiful once again.

My pieces range from small items that make ideal gifts (i.e. wooden pens or bookmarks) to decorative objects (candle holders, mirrors, lamps) and furniture (i.e. sofa tables). Sometimes I make children's toys as well.
I also offer a selection of cards, ringbinders and handmade books.

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