Something to do with your hands is the monicker I settled on when trying to think of a name for my handmade jewellery ‘pursuits’. I arrived at this slightly unwieldy title when I was making jewellery during a prolonged period of ill-health. I was living in Cambridge at the time and working on a PhD in modernist poetry. (I’m hoping to start getting back into this work during 2013 – I’m starting to miss long-closed volumes and silent archives.) I studied Fine Art when I was younger so I had some familiarity with thinking visually, and, in taking a break from wordiness, making things seemed a comforting thing to do. So, something to do with your hands started there. I’m now living a fairly peaceful, if slightly hermetic, life in Frome, Somerset, where I share a flat with my dog, Dexy.
A selection of my handmade beads are also available at: www.bigbeadlittlebead.com