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Paula Ortega is a London-based artist and designer-maker concerned with what constitutes the objects we use and admire, their origin and the trace they eventually leave, whilst challenging our perception of their value. A trained opera singer, she also studied music composition and received a BA in audio-visual communication before training in jewellery making in London.

Paula is relentlessly curious, precise and passionate about materials and processes and is constantly teaching herself new techniques to realise her ideas which invariably fall outside her current realm of knowledge. This bridging of concept to finished work is a part she relishes.

Paula is also inspired by fractals and the unseen structures and patterns in our world – both created by nature and humankind. In 2015 she developed a unique bio-material and her Footprints series of sculptures explored the ideas behind the lifespan of an artwork, highlighting our dependence on fossil fuels.

In 2017 Paula retrained in cosmetics formulation and in 2019 she launched a plastic & petroleum-free, vegan, botanical skincare brand, Whitfords, to bring the sustainability conversation and solutions to a wider audience.