Bex has long been interested in the mathematics of the natural world. After receiving a scholarship from Qest (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) she studied five different courses in geometry. This enabled her to create a new contemporary style of combining traditional compass drawn geometry, laser cutting into metal plates, and hand forging components, to create a wonderful contrast of old and new techniques.
Bex’s logo shows a triangle which is the geometric symbol for fire. A circle is a symbol of unity and the infinite ‘whole’ in both nature and geometry. There is infinite variety in essential unity. Bex feels geometry is about togetherness and being one with the natural world, which is a perfect representation of her work and its connection to things happening around us in everyday life.
Throughout the ages blacksmiths’ gates and railings always reflected what was going on in culture and society. Bex recognises that a new contemporary movement is now required, and this is why she uses the term Artsmith, and not blacksmith, to distinguish her new style. She is unconstrained in her approach to design, drawing inspiration from limitless sources of research. Her gates and railings tell stories relative to the surrounding environment. Bex also loves collaborating with other Artsmiths to create wonderful pieces of public art.
Bex is the first woman to be awarded the Tonypandy Cup for blacksmithing, an award given annually by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for a piece of work which is considered to be an outstanding example of the skill of a blacksmith. She won this prestigious award in 2019 for a forty-metre art installation at Westminster Magistrates’ Courts in London.
She welcomes discussion with her clients while considering a brief and strives to create something unique and bespoke to them.