I am an ICON accredited conservator, with over 30 years experience conserving archaeological and museum artefacts from around the world. Based at Cardiff University, I also teach future generations of conservators.
While supervising a student project on a mail shirt I got the opportunity to work with Mark Hale (Cap-à-pie) and Nick Checksfield (Master Maillemaker) learning how to make traditional riveted mail. This sparked an interest and since November 2018 I have been experimenting with constructing mail items, focusing on small, complex items and making precise copies of documented archaeological mail using tools and techniques that are likely to have been used originally.
I have researched and made a 15th Century style standard, based on the A9 from the Wallace Collection, as well as taking on commissions to produce replicas of archaeological maille, such as that used in the 6th Century shirt from a princely burial at Gammertingen. As a member of the Heritage Crafts Association I love sharing this endangered craft through workshops with schools, community groups and visitors to heritage venues.