I am a Melbourne-based full time artist, specialising in metalworking and painting. Using a metal tooling technique known as repoussé, I emboss each piece by hand in my studio. After pressing the design into the pewter sheet, the surface is etched, bumped, scratched, marked, doused with a dark patinating solution and then polished back to give it a tarnished, aged look, leaving the metal surface stained with tones of blacks, browns, blues, golds and silvers – because this process is unpredictable, every piece is completely unique. The piece is then finished with gems, glass paint, enamels, iridescent pigments and sometimes patterned origami papers or vintage engraving imagery. Each wall piece is sealed with a layer of crystalline wax to protect the surface, mounted on mdf panel and framed up ready to hang. Each pendant is sealed into its backing with layers of crystal clear resin.
Pewter is my favourite metal to work with due to its softness and malleability, it is a bright silver with tints of gold warmth to its surface, and you can work into it to create delicately raised three-dimensional shapes, use patina solutions, stains or wax to age the design, or cut it away to reveal patterned or textured backgrounds. The glass paints I use are thick and translucent and reflect the light like an intense glaze, reminiscent of stained glass windows or cloisonné enamel. I use a variety of different gems, crystals and microbeads, some mounted in tiffany/prong-style settings, and bed them in with black antiquing wax. Some works feature vintage illustrations or patterned origami papers as collage elements.
Themes I’m inspired by lately: Vintage anatomical illustrations, danse macabre woodcuts, heraldic imagery, medieval tomb effigies, armour and weaponry, alchemical engravings, art nouveau and art deco, antique star maps.