Despite living in land-locked Derby, I’m at my happiest by the sea, whatever the weather. I’ve been known to paddle in the North Sea in December – in my wellies, of course. For me, beachcombing is a blues-beating combination of fresh air, exercise, and the prospect of finding treasure.
I’ve loved the sparkle and drama of semi-precious stones and the gleam of silver all my life. So every time I sit down to create jewellery with my beach treasure or stones, and silver, it’s like a dream come true.
My day job is working for a legal organisation campaigning on behalf of injured people. I spend the rest of my time trying to fit too many interests into too little time, specifically Kung Fu, crafts, antiques, gardening and the countryside.
Danny Kaye, a star of Hollywood’s golden era, apparently said: “Life is a great big canvas: throw all the paint on it you can.”
It’s hard to think of a better motto to live by.