My practice is one of a designer maker. Completing a trade qualification as a fine furniture maker and gaining a rich understanding of design and manufacturing processes separates myself from many of my contemporaries. I was introduced to craft from an early age with my father and grandfather both being fitter and machinists, instrument makers by trade. As a kid I fulfilled my weekends in my Fathers workshop on lathes and milling machines, this was a different life to all my friends around me but it allowed me to observe his skills manipulating materials and for me to also get involved. Those early years set me on my current trajectory.
My work focuses on a great understanding of craft based making skills in timber and other materials that have been honed to a high level and were past on to me by my master through my apprenticeship, Scott Mitchell. These skills are embedded in me, and my design DNA has evolved during this process.
Half my time I work for a not-for-profit organisation, Jam Factory in Adelaide as production manager of the furniture studio. My design and making practice is running alongside this and focuses on diverse projects from product, commissions and exhibition work.
The furniture and objects I design are to enrich everyday living and last generations. I have been fortunate to receive awards such as the Peoples choice award through the Temple & Webster exhibition 2015, Best emerging designer at Denfair 2017, Emerging Designer award at Clarence furniture design prize, Tasmania 2017 and recently the Design Institute of Australia Gold award for furniture/lighting. My practice is ever evolving and I’m excited to continue to develop it.