It was during a visit to the Formula 1 paddock with a sketchbook and some ear defenders at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that I found the inspiration for my new Racing Wings jewellery collection. This new collection will be available to buy during London Jewellery Week at Treasure, Somerset House 13-16th June.
I am a big F1 fan and love to draw my inspiration from the flow of the bodywork and immaculate mechanical shapes in the engine. Being around those incredible machines when the mechanics are warming up the engines brings them alive, the astoundingly complex and exciting sound of the engine puts enormous energy into my sketching.
I then take all that energy and transform it into elegant and feminine jewellery. All my jewellery captures the sleek, vivacity of the Formula 1 car and I love the paradox of creating powerful but feminine jewellery from a purely mechanical inspiration.
It is not only my sketchbook that got plenty of use in the F1 paddock; my camera was filling up with striking, colourful images of the cars to use in the photo-inlay technique I developed for my jewellery. This photo-inlay is unique to my jewellery and is a technique honed over half a decade to create an iridescent effect a little like a butterfly’s wing.
The new Racing Wings Collection will be available to see and buy at Treasure, the showpiece exhibition of London Jewellery Week running 13th – 16th June at Somerset House. It will also be available on my website very soon!