Who is Alison?
Once upon a time, I was a central London window dresser & visual merchandiser, enjoying the bright lights and noise of the West End.
Around 20 years ago I began to train to make jewellery. First as a hobby but eventually, as the creative passion overwhelmed me, as a full time occupation.
Moving out to the Chilterns has meant I have the best of both worlds. I still have great access to London, & Hatton Garden, but I am constantly inspired by the beauty of the countryside which surrounds me & influences my work everyday.
The years in display have heavily influenced my approach to the creative process. I feel strongly about reusing as much as possible. I never throw anything away that may still have life left in it.
I am a real one for 'designing on the back of a napkin'. I have many loose scraps of paper, despite buying myself lovely sketch books.
A lasting habit from my west end days!
Always creative, my greatest love today is working with client's to understand them, their ideas, hopes and dreams. Seeing the joy on their faces when they collect their commissioned piece makes me feel good for days!
Painting is a side line that brings me much joy & calmness, and underpins my jewellery making. Mostly I work in watercolours or water based mediums. The images I paint often relate to my surroundings, and my love of water & swimming.
Some of these images make their way into my jewellery via etching and design.
Prints and cards of my art work are also available on this website, and often make wonderful greeting cards.
I like to continually challenge myself to learn new skills & take different creative paths.
And I like to remember those people who have helped me get there!
I have worked with some great teachers & skilled individuals who have all left their mark on me and my thinking. Whether they were jewellers, painters, colleagues or my Mum!
Or here on my blog