Research into each new collection concept is one of my favourite parts of my work, I think of each collection as a visual investigation into an idea that’s been on my mind for a while. For Muscle Memory this revolved around ideas of strength and fragility, how they balance, and interchange. I felt that the way this played out around our bodies was one of the most fascinating, the contrast of the strength of the built structures we use to protect them and the durability of humanity compared to the way these degraded over time. Pictures and plans of castles provided the starting point for the geometric patterns and anatomical illustrations of muscles provided the starting point of the organic shapes that contrast and intertwine with them. The technique I developed for this collection casting stone around the metal and then sanding it back to reveal a tracery of geometry within the organic muscle inspired stone shapes seemed to capture this idea. Although it is quite time consuming with the larger pieces, I love the feeling of revealing something beautiful as the stone is sanded away and the metal pattern emerges.
A castle plan with the original samples of my favourite 'Dispar' earrings which inspired them.
Illustrations of muscles from an anatomy book gave me the shapes for shapes for these 'Lusca' earrings.
Illustrations of bodies by Henry Moore for his sculptures, his bodies seem so solid to me, captured in stone and time but the originals are so fragile and always subject to decay.