I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Greece where I spent many hours wandering along the shore line, looking at beautiful old fishing boats and battered wooden jetties - all in aid of inspiration for making my jewellery. I have picked up many shells to cast in to my shell necklaces and charm bracelets. I had a whole team of friends on one beach ( during a birthday party whilst listening to guitars being played) searching for shells, but they didn't all grasp just how small I need them and had to explain that a shell that was 2 inches across was just too big to cast in silver,too expensive and very heavy to wear!
I love snorkelling in Greece. This year I found a very scary Moray eel which made me gasp and swim very fast in the opposite direction! It appeared to me to be at least 5 foot long with a girth of about 4 -5 inches and had been hiding under a large rock. I then decided to be very brave and fetch my waterproof camera and take a picture as I loved the patterns on its back. I am sure one day they will be part of a piece of decoration on a piece of jewellery.
Another of my favourites is the textures found in pieces of olive wood. They bend and twist with holes and knots all over with an amazing mix of colours. I have even found one piece which had grown round a stone. They do fit in suitcases but my husband has a limit on the size which I can bring home - which is a good job or we wouldn't be able to open the door of our small cottage!
The cold weather is approaching and nights drawing in so I must now start making new designs. I have just transferred 5,000 photos from my dying laptop, and have noticed that half of them are of reflections in water, pieces of concrete or piles of pipes, all waiting to inspire me. Just need to turn the heating up and get on with it!!
Eleven diverse artists living and working between the rivers Ant and Bure.