I had a desire to blend my two passions: jewellery and illustration, since graduating back in 2009. I developed a new concept called “Jewel-Objects”. The intention here is to give life to a piece when it’s not being worn; the jewel itself is embedded in a small painted wooden sculpture and becomes the heart of a colourful world or supplies the missing fragment of the story… I carve the wooden display (usually yew) and make the jewel (pendant, ring, brooch or earrings) fit in its centre. I then paint with acrylic and ink so the jewel and the illustration merge together. It’s a way to add context /meaning to a piece of jewellery. It also adds a sense of wonder and surprise when one comes to realise the secret hidden behind the colourful scene. I also really enjoy commission work, designing/making these unique pieces that have a true meaning for someone is truly rewarding and the possibilities are endless.