ROCWORX was born from a passion to make good quality, beautiful, but practical, home accessories, aprons, soft furnishings and lighting. I am one of only 8 professional marble artists in the UK, much of my leather work now incorporates this heritage craft.
My leather work is a contemporary design, using traditional heritage craft skills and tools.. It is a slow, considered process, made to order, bespoke fit for apparel, with customers choosing the leather and linen thread combinations. I hand cut pieces from one hide, traditionally saddle stitch using waxed linen thread and hand assemble using British metal ware made in a foundry in the Midlands and a local blacksmith here in the South Hams.
Having marbled on paper since my early teens, the passion for this medium started on a school trip to Turkey. I learnt traditional Turkish patterns and later attended a course learning traditional Japanese techniques. Over the past few years, my ink marbling has been more abstract, nature inspired, as I allow the inks to move and settle in the moment. I started marbling on leather, goatskin and Dartmoor Sheepskin about three years ago..
Sustainability is a core belief, seen in my choice of display materials and my packaging. I have zero waste materials, incorporating small waste off cuts in other designs, with only a small amount ending in the compost.