MerGems

A wander along the sea shore and suddenly my legs transform into a long, beautiful, scaly tail. I swim through the waves, singing with the fish, and collect up the prettiest of shells lying among the Scottish rocks. Once my turquoise tail dissolves into the melting foam I take my catch home and polish and stitch and bead them together into the finest jewellery... perfect for your inner mermaid.

While developing my degree show collection at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design I discovered that my niche skill within the world of jewellery-making is etching, especially hand-drawn nitric acid etches. Through this method of scraping away

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lines of black etching fluid I fell in love with pattern drawing and this love has become my ink and paper illustrations. My portfolio of illustration is inspired by my penchant for the fantastical, and I often feature strange creatures within my highly patterned portraiture. The crisp black and white lines have become my signature style.