THERE is no doubt about it – Moyra Keatings is a visionary. Who else would have the idea of making quirky, funky chandeliers out of jelly moulds and cutlery? Who would be inspired to make luminous candle holders from the reflectors found inside beer cans?
Such ingenuity and inventiveness are everywhere to be seen in her Barnstaple home which overflows with deviceful, stimulating and colourful artworks.
Of course, it helps that Moyra is a talented jewellery maker and textile artist. Yet she is simply brimming with whimsical ideas. Her unorthodox chandeliers came about after visiting the Noordermarkt in Amsterdam.
"It was a marvellous flea market where I picked up some good chandelier glass on one stall and artificial doves on another," she said.
"Gradually, I thought colour-wise, they could be combined with silver-plated cutlery and an idea was born."
To finish off these sparkling, pendulous artworks, Moyra added beads and utilised her jewellery wire-wrapping techniques. She now intends to make seaside-style chandeliers using beach glass and silk fish.
Another eye-catching piece of creativity is her bedroom cupboard, which she was inspired to decorate with Arthurian characters, gold paint and glass nuggets after clapping eyes on a Burgess cabinet at Knightshayes House near Tiverton. There's also a pair of hand-made cushions based on the Vera Lynn song White Cliffs Of Dover, which look like mid-century book illustrations.
Moyra absolutely loves to ring the changes. She makes a point of changing her throws and cushions with the seasons, and her pictures every two years or so.
"I've always loved ethnic things," she said "India and Morocco have wonderful metal, wood and textile artisan work."
Her front room is adorned with Bloomsbury-style pieces, which complement a Charlotte Rhead lamp she inherited from her grandmother. She was also lucky enough to have inherited Arts and Crafts mirror and picture frames, which were made by her grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is an unapologetic fan of pre-Raphaelite paintings, copies of which adorn her walls.
"I'm part of internet forums where we defend the pre-Raphaelites to the death against mainstream media derision," she laughed.
"But last years's Tate show attracted nearly a quarter of a million visitors (I asked them), and Waterhouse and Millais won the big poster competition, Art Everywhere. So the people have spoken!"
She describes her fascinating arty home as her "sanctuary".
"It's home for hundreds of books – I've rediscovered reading this summer – a studio and a changing environment where I can reflect what I find beautiful and fascinating."