"I am an artist and jewellery maker. My ‘Flowers In Your Hair’ jewellery encompasses the indigenous Australian and introduced flora carefully collected, dried, arranged and preserved in resin.
I have collected many flowers and lived in Estonia for the most of my life. So I am fascinated to walk through the Australian bush, manicured gardens and even unkempt abandoned plots of land, to discover new plants and flowers.
When I arrived to Australia everything was so different, fascinating and colourful. A walk down the street was full of personal discoveries; new trees, flowers, plants, birds. Everything ‘calling out’, for close examination.
My love for flowers did not start in Australia; it has been accentuated. The biggest book in my parent’s house, a massive atlas, has the stain marks of flowers I collected in childhood, dried and tucked between the pages without my parents notice. I collected stones, feathers, cones, branches, leaves, flowers, bolts, buttons (for luck) and sea shells. The day came when I decided to play with my collection, arrange composition of petals, bulbs, stamen and leaves. That is how my passion for flora developed into a beautiful series of jewellery.
My floral artworks on wood represents imagined and re-envisaged flowers that bear reference to my established jewellery creations of pressed flowers: Flowers In Your Hair. There is a breadth of vision and space that hints at middle era tapestry art, 2D mythical art, and concoctions of dreamed up plants from another planet or of existing in distant time. There is also the direct observation of the here and now planted and stamped on wood. Painting on wood creates a warm feeling and brings you one step closer to the flora depicted in my paintings. My art, both jewellery and painting is a reaction and response to the plethora of beauty existent in our gardens and natural environment that many may take for granted."