I am inspired by industrial landscapes, especially that of Hamilton, Ontario where I grew up. The architecture, machinery, and detritus that are left behind when these symbols of industry are scaled back or abandoned. Once monuments to the golden age of industry, many of these sites are ploughed-over, redeveloped, and vanish.
These entropic spaces, originally built for function rather than beauty, lack much in the way of aesthetics. However, these landscapes have developed an aesthetic in and of themselves. When looked at as a whole, these industrial sites become complex and thought provoking. The colours, forms and textures fascinate me; the juxtaposition of man-made purpose and natural decay is exemplified in these neglected areas. Combining elements from many of these places, with the topographies of the city, I create work that examines these spaces.
My jewellery evokes and commemorates these environments through the use of degraded and rusted steel, rough finishing, and sturdy construction. I use colours associated with industrial machinery and abandoned sites - bright colours that contrast with the signs of rust and deterioration. The work is bold and vibrant yet weathered and rugged. Transporting this aesthetic to the body allows it to be worn with a certain reverence. In contrast with my background in fine jewellery, with its focus on exactness, cleanliness, and bright finishing, my work attempts to capture a rough, distressed feeling and abstract aesthetic. By using very simple forms, I capture not only the physical characteristics of the city, but also the rough, grimy ethos of its people.