Mixed Materials / Canada


We are products of our environments, shaped and changed by the places we call home.

Hamilton, my home on the shore of Lake Ontario has traditionally been a steel producing centre. Despite the industry having died down in recent decades, its industrial activity is still apparent. The View from the Pier series of necklaces examine the geographies of the city and reference my time growing up there, and the impact this place had on me.

The culture of Hamilton was rough, the attitude grimy, and those characteristics greatly influenced me. Baseball bats, Metal shows and bus fights all existed alongside the backdrop of heavy industry. The working-class ethos and attitudes of my hometown shaped me into who I am today – for better or worse.


View from the pier 01

Necklace, 2018

Steel, spraypaint, sterling silver, cotton rope, magnets, steel hardware

View from the pier 02

Necklace, 2018

Steel, spraypaint, sterling silver, cotton rope, steel hardware

View from the pier 03

Necklace, 2018

Steel, spraypaint, sterling silver, cotton rope, steel hardware


 2010 – 2013 George Brown College, Advanced Diploma Jewellery arts, Toronto, ON
2008 – 2010 Fred Kinsley Goldsmith, Apprenticeship, Burlington, ON

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2021 Iron Identity, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto, ON
2019 Broken Beauty, Alliages APACE:ART Gallery, Lille, France
SOFA Expo 2019, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
Mid-Career Professional Award – Craft Ontario
2018 Joya Barcelona, Disseny Hub, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Face à Face, Galerie Residence, Paris, France

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