“I’m intrigued by the origins of my materials and inspired by the physical process of transforming the lost, broken and forgotten into something beautiful. The sense of history and knowing that people have handled and used my materials many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that some… Read More
“I’m intrigued by the origins of my materials and inspired by the physical process of transforming the lost, broken and forgotten into something beautiful. The sense of history and knowing that people have handled and used my materials many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that something of their spirit becomes imbued in my work.”
After completing her degree in woven textile design Alexandra sailed the Caribbean for a year on a 75ft schooner, collecting shells and memories. Back in London she worked for Browns of South Molton Street, got married, had two children, studied specialist decorative painting techniques, worked to commission, taught courses at local art schools and set up her own teaching atelier. In 1998 she moved to a studio in the Chocolate Factory to concentrate on glass painting. Her work was exhibited regularly in London, selected for the Discerning Eye exhibition and shown in New York, Salt Lake City and ten Japanese cities including Tokyo and Osaka.
In 2006 she began to incorporate her love of found objects into her artistic practice. Over the years Alexandra had picked up sea glass and pebbles from every beach she visited and had a growing hoard of old china and glass fragments found on the Thames Foreshore or scavenged from the secret Victorian rubbish tips of Hampstead Heath in North London. Then, in late 2007, inspired by a box of old Venetian glass from a Brighton car boot sale and spurred on by attending a mosaic course and the rediscovery of her collections lurking in dusty corners of her studio, she began to experiment with combining paint, found materials and 23 carat gold leaf. She also remembered her mother’s old button box and the remains of her father’s coin collection.
The resulting works, saturated with colour and encrusted with areas of intense decoration which seem to float against the painted surface are attracting attention from art consultants, interior designers, galleries and private collectors. Alexandra’s work hangs in the first class suites on a luxury cruise liner; interior designer Fiona Barratt selected a large painting for an international footballer’s Chelsea home and a fashionable Notting Hill restaurateur bought one for her apartment in Venice.
Alexandra also uses her unusual technique to create jewellery and tableware. Her clients include Doris Lockhart Saatchi who, while known for her passion for minimalism in her art collection, is a self confessed ‘maximalist’ when it comes to jewellery. Over the coming months Alexandra will also be featured in the new online magazine www.everythinginmyhome.com and in American Express Centurion magazine for Platinum Card Holders. In the autumn Anthropologie US will be selling an exclusive collection of Alexandra’s bangles online and in selected stores
Commissions are welcome using client’s own precious pieces. Details available on request. Read Less
My bangles and brooches are encrusted with china shards found on Hampstead Heath and collected on the banks of the Thames, vintage buttons from my mother’s sewing basket, coins from my father’s old treasure box, Venetian glass smalti and sea glass, shells and pebbles picked up on my travels around the world.
I make large paintings incorporating waves or squares on an intensely coloured background.