Since 1985 when I sold my first product - a vintage brooch that I had copied in pewter, to the society jewellers Cobra and Bellamy, I have held fast to some core principles. People often remark, whilst skirting round the difficult word 'retro' on the conspicuous presence of heritage and tradition in my work. There is a reason for this, a reason why I am often to be found mooching around at auctions and in antique shops - or thrift shops if you prefer.