What drew you to jewellery?
My mother owned a pair of amazing, large gold dangly clip on earings that I used to dress up in as a child. To this day I still dress up in the same pair, and its this pair of earings that inspired my first collection. I've dabbled in all sorts of creative projects, but jewellery making was the one I enjoyed most. I completed a diploma in jewellery design in Wellington, and have been making jewels ever since.
What made you care about the environment during your production?
I decided that travel and jewellery were two things I really need in my life, so decided to combine the two and take my jewellery manufacturing offshore.
I think far too many of us abuse our environment, so if I can do a little bit to help through sustainable practices I will. My manufactures use recycled metals as often as possible, as well as upcycled or fair trade stones.
The leather used for packaging is a bi-product from the meat industry, even our courier bags are made from recycled paper.
I always feel like I could be doing more, but I think as long as we are aware and and make the right environmental decisions when we can, we're doing ok.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I don't like using the term 'feminist', but believe in equality and female independence.
Who is Iris Apfel?
An amazing 92 year old woman from New York. She's a bold and glamorous style icon. The original source of inspiration for my collection 'Blue Sunday' as I said was my mothers earrings, which I tied in with inspiration drawn from Iris, my collection was designed for her. Google her, you'll see.
Have you been to NZ Fashion Week before?
I have attended shows before, but have never been involved. So much work goes into making Fashion Week come to life. I'm really looking forward to it. I find the whole week very inspiring.