My current work is focused on giving life to old wine barrels, those that would be thrown out or burnt, and producing a range of pieces that have a practical use in the home - serving trays, platters, candleholders and coat-racks. I enjoy working the oak and believe that less is more, using the subtle characteristics in the wood to speak and give each piece its own unique personality. Continuing on the recycling theme I use old silver plated cutlery, sourced locally, to make into hooks or handles to finish some of the pieces. My background is in arts, having completed a Visual Art degree in Australia in 1993, majoring in jewellery. In 2003 I immigrated to British Columbia where I started producing the range of wineplanks products and at the same time completed a course in Graphic Design. In 2005 I moved to the Niagara region in Ontario and after spending 5 years there, moved back to British Columbia where I now live in a little patch of paradise in the Okanagan Valley. My work has been exhibited throughout Australia, British Columbia and Ontario.
Wineplanks has been featured in 'Canadian Living', 'Canadian House and Home' and 'Vines' magazines.
In 2009, wineplanks was commissioned by IKEA Canada to produce their staff holiday gift item, a process that saw 4000 pieces being made.