I am jewellery designer/maker living and working in Southsea, Hampshire. I have always enjoyed the arts and crafts and spent many years working with textiles in my spare time whilst pursuing a career in teaching languages. However a birthday present of a few glass beads and some wire several years ago opened the doors to a new creative interest.Commissions from friends and family quickly followed and I was finally able to leave my full time teaching post in 2007 in order to focus more on my jewellery. I now work part time as a Learning Officer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside developing my jewellery business.Since 2007 I have exhibited and sold my work at a variety of specialist art and craft fairs and in independent shops and galleries. I have become very involved in promoting quality and individual craft and design by local artists and designer/makers. I am one of the founder members of ‘Crafts in the Tower’, a monthly art and craft market that takes place in the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth ( a fifteenth century naval fortification built by Henry VII). Our objective is to promote the work of local designer/makers and artists and develop an appreciation and interest in unique and high quality art, craft and design.