I am a designer and maker with a strong belief that sustainable design does not have to result in a boring or compromised product. I hand make simple and elegant pieces which have won awards, and are recognised for their imaginative use of an underused resource – coppiced hazel.
This type of wood is used in my current collection, and is grown locally before I harvest it every winter. Coppicing is a way of cutting and managing trees that provides an abundant source of timber, as well as creating a healthy and diverse woodland - I give a little information here about the process and its benefits.
During my MA in Design, I focused on developing objects that use local materials and traditional techniques, with a contemporary and appealing aesthetic. These ideals are now at the centre of my practice, and I work with the belief that a more considered approach to design will steadily make for a more sustainable material culture than the one we have today.
The Ideas section above gives a little more detail on my ethos of sustainability, and my approach to design.