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"Animism (from Latin: anima meaning 'breath, spirit, life') is the belief that objects, places and all creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Animism perceives all things - animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and in some cases words - as being animated, having agency and free will." Wikipedia

Born in and based on the outskirts of Penzance, Cornwall, I aspire to co-create in tandem with stones and other found materials. I make beads, jewellery and sculpture using age old and modern methods. ​I make pieces that are physical and conceptual - tangible objects for mindfulness and meditation, ritual and ceremony. I am especially interested in cross-cultural ancestral values, particularly those with roots in Cornwall.

Since the days of being let loose at Wherry Town, Longrock and Marazion, I've been drawn to stones for as long as I remember.

Some years later though, it was through a gallery that I was working in, that I became reintroduced more directly to art.

Despite being a childhood go to, it had become something I rarely dabbled in. I'd get engrossed by it and/or would battle with and neglect for long periods, only to come back to over again...

Looking back, I wonder if I found inspiration or if inspiration found me, pretty adrift and washed up, on lunch, along one of the same beaches I'd spent much time with the Grandparents and brother as a youngster.

Over the following weeks and months, I began shaping and making beads in the evenings. Eventually I had some pieces of beaded jewellery and it wasn't too long until they got some interest and began to sell.

In 2012 I completed a short silversmithing course at a local art school and sometime after that, a weekend workshop carving.

With some much appreciated support a long the way, things have really developed from there and true to form, I've been in and out of practise since, with increasing consistency and necessity in recent times.​ 

I'm relieved to honour my natural grooves more these days and to have some perspective on how my ideas of the past has and continues to contribute toward ideas in the present. 

In the past and beneath the surface, what more or less consistently played out as disassociation, anxiety, depression, anorexia/bulimia, isolation, alcohol and substance abuse, co-dependency and psychosis, I recognise more as being symptomatic of survival and trying to fit in, quick fix and function with earlier unprocessed, blocked and unconscious emotions.

I find the natural world critical to my process of recovery and homeostasis. 

I think many seek this and perhaps like me, also confuse alternatives with connection and understanding. 

Default beliefs, attachments and conditions which often  suggest scarcity and separation, despite serving to keep us safe and alive, can also block us from a broader, co-relative, inclusive and deeper conscious connection to our hearts.

Grounding objects can help us mindfully tune to the space within our bodies, in the moment.

They can help in cultivating presence and awareness and with practise these qualities become more embodied.

It is my hope that pieces may aid the carving out of time and space needed to seed neutral, natural and safe environments in which we can further allow the experience of our own nature to unfurl.

This is the ‘long and short’ of how I got into this slight obsession and why I fashion stones into these living symbols.

This whole process is like an on-the-go ecotherapy for me and it seems that somehow in being true enough to Self, I find I have things to offer...

Every sale gets matched with a donation to Beads Of Courage, UK & Ireland. For more about them, please check out their website and social media outlets.

"As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well." AA

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