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A Brief History...
The North West viking village of Formby with its coastal nature reserve, natterjack toads and red squirrels is where I was raised. As a child my awareness of making and the magic of nature were heavily influenced by my Mother, a sylvan spirit who would bring home all sorts of natural treasures rescued from the beach or the pine forest, using them in her own art. Understanding in my early teens that I was by nature pagan, I swore an oath to Old Providence and began a magical journey on which I have delighted in meeting many like-minded spirits. At 12 I discovered Doreen Valiente's writings and the Readers Digest book 'Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain". A huge black bible embossed with a gilded likeness of the Ooser, I was compelled to re-visit this book in my school library, being far more interesting than anything the teachers had to impart! It spoke of a hidden world, beyond the un-imaginative and mundane. Firing my imagination (as has been the case for many friends), this book presented me with a magical map of the country. Music has also been an influence, being raised on a varied musical diet with Kate Bush inspiring me as both kid and adult, world music, folk and Bach - the Cello Suites in particular. I began my B.A. Hon’s in silversmithing and jewellery at London’s renowned Sir John Cass Institute in 1989, and graduated in 93. I then set up business at London’s Cockpit Studios, receiving awards from the Crafts Council, British Jewellery Association and others. I have sold my work internationally, worked as a designer for high-end fine jewellery manufacturing companies and produced items for film, including Interview with a Vampire. 2004 saw the completion of my Masters Degree at London Metropolitan University - gaining a distinction for the work produced. I am currently a lecturer at Sussex Coast College on the Crafts F.d.a - specialising in metalwork and computer aided design. I love the buzz of teaching and find the atmosphere exciting and challenging. I continue to produce work in a variety of mediums, most recently producing a sculpture featured in a book published by the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle. I reside in the magical town of Hastings and St. Leonards, East Sussex, where a yearly calendar of events and Morris dancing provide a wonderful opportunity to assume alter-egos and contribite to the colour of seasonal delights with like-minded friends.

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A Holy Well, Cornwall
image by Simon Costin. 2011.