Iain has lived in Dunedin, New Zealand for all of his life. He served a four-year manufacturing jewellery apprenticeship training in all aspects of jewellery production before becoming a designer goldsmith, a path he has followed for the last 14 years. Iain says that he has found that time experience and patience have been the major factors in getting to this point in his career. ” I no longer get highly excited about forthcoming events, instead I remain passionate about what I create and patiently await the outcome.”
Iain uses metal to form liquid images, drawing strongly on his Pacific and Celtic heritage. ” I use spiritual influences in conjunction with natures elements, sea, air life and sometimes death. I definitely keep away from overseas influences and trends, I cannot see the point in wearing something that means nothing to the person as an individual.”
Iain uses all the components in his finished jewellery equally, not framing one particular stone but instead making the metal and stone work together to form an overall design. Iain likes to use contrasting colours where possible; Iain describes his designs as trying to create movement and direction.
When asked to describe his working environment Iain says that he always works with music around him as he finds it creates an emotional environment to work within and helps him to keep focussed.
Iain describes himself as an artist jeweller, when asked to explain this he said simply “this means that I am an independent hand jeweller. Someone who designs and makes their jewellery from start to finish, thus creating a one off individual art piece.” In so doing Iain uses stones and metals as the materials with the true value of the piece being in the artists worth.
Iain goes on to express his approach to his art. “Full creative freedom means that I make the piece for myself, and whether it sells or not, I have still experienced the pleasure of creating something very personal.” However, Iain is quick to add that he is not a dreamer and knows that in order to survive and continue his passion, the work must sell.
Unlike a painter who has paint and canvas to pay for, the jewellers palette of metal and precious stones is financially a lot more daunting. He must bear the out lay of the cost of the materials for each piece believing that his art will bring a return.