Living by the sea in Devon has provided Val with endless inspiration for her work - it comes from the landscape, both rural and urban, and from the effects of the sea air and the tides. In an effort to be as sustainable as possible Val prefers to use found materials in her jewellery and use the spoils from regular beach cleans, often including bits of plastic, string, ghost netting, sand and driftwood, and recycling silver wherever possible.
One of her passions is rust and with the salty sea breeze of the Devon coast, there's plenty of that about to inspire her. She enjoys observing the marks left on man made coastal structures by the weather and tidelines and she translates it into her jewellery. She is particularly drawn to the evidence of that natural mark making and she explores that within her work, allowing metals within her cast to oxidise throughout the making process.
Val's love of making jewellery started in 2007 when she spent a year studying with Victoria Sewart. And more recently making the decision to return to full time education and graduating from Plymouth College of Art in 2017 with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. This has enabled her to try new techniques and to have the freedom to experiment. The university experience broadened her horizons and increased her skills.