2018 by blue tree gallery

23 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, UK, YO30 7BW.

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Merkaba Warrior

'I have always been interested in stones, crystals and minerals since I was a child, especially the metaphysical side of things. I went to Art Collage and when I left, I began working as a Graphic Designer. Although this was a creative job, I found the high pressure office environment did not fuel my creativity.

I started making pendants from semi-precious stones in my spare time, first for myself then for others. I was interested in ways to use the attributes of stones on a daily basis. I moved onto working with semi-precious stone beads, this I found was the easiest way to utilize the energetic properties of stones.

I also noticed a real lack of gemstone jewellery for men, most of the bracelets available were mass produced, made mainly of leather, mystery metals and nondescript wood. I knew what I wanted for myself but I just couldn’t find it - so I decided to make it!

My initial designs were very simple pieces, though I started from the very beginning mixing in exotic and sacred wood beads such as Indian Sandalwood mala beads id found. The result was jewellery that had a soul, felt really solid yet was still easy to wear.

My eclectic style and inspiration comes from Prayer Beads, Malas and symbols from various ancient cultures. My main influences are from Tibet, Thailand, Bali and India, with some Celtic inspirations. I began working with handmade Silver charms and beads, because I wanted to create something that was really special, I also began sourcing the highest quality gemstone beads I could find. Because of my original influence of mala beads, I also also started to make beaded Buddha Necklaces, from vintage Thai amulets.

I really enjoy the alchemical process of combining different stones, metals, woods and symbols to create the unique properties of a piece. The freedom to create what I want and the support and positive feedback I have received from people around the world has caused a constant flow of new ideas and inspiration for me.'