The Desert Designs name came about by chance,
in 2012 we moved to a more remote area of Western Australia, we had been living in a rural wheat belt town in WA since 1997.
My partner and I bought a post office in 2012 in Mount Magnet WA which is a town 7 hours from Perth and about 4 hours from the coast pretty well straight inland from Geraldton,
a fairly arid town on the edge of the desert. I love the flora and fauna of the Australian bush and that is where my inspirations for jewellery and painting come from.
I have won two 1st prize art awards since 2012 one for a water colour and pastel painting at the Boyup Brook Arts Festival and the second one last year for jewellery at the Dalwallinu Arts Festival.
I have been painting and producing pottery and ceramic pieces for more than 30 years, and during that time I have taught classes in painting and ceramics,
I ventured into jewellery making purely by accident, in 2014 the artist group in Mount Magnet received a grant to hold a workshop for bead making with polymer clay, it was a
3 day workshop and the tutor was Debbie Crothers, I couldn't have planned a better introduction to working with polymer clay,
I loved it from the minute I started working with it, and Deb is just so inspiring.
I found that the liquid clay allowed me to vurtually paint with clay, I started producing pieces inspired by my surroundings and in corparating ochre locally found gold nuggets and freshwater pearls into my
pieces, demand has been growing so I registered the Desert Designs name in 2017 and have started an online shop.
A lot of the jewellery I make is commissioned for individual customers who want me to make something special for them to give as a gift.
Every piece is individually unique and entirely hand made by me.