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.

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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.