"When I first moved to London I met Derek and for me he was always… that was a kind of college, because what Derek didn’t know about music or literature or visuals wasn’t worth knowing, so for me, Derek really opened up my eyes to all sorts of different forms of culture.
We all used to be in his little Super-8s… Derek would ring up and be like, ‘I’ve found this derelict church, can you come and, you know, hang from the altar for me, we need to make some Super-8.’ – ‘Yeah fine Derek, see you then.’
And also he kind of knew such a mad selection of people. I met so many interesting people through him. He was a great… I’d say he was a teacher really, a lot of young people… through Derek… I mean most of us were all young gay people, there was that, but it was more than that… I mean he introduced me to people who really helped me out… I wasn’t really doing jewellery when I first met Derek and then I started doing it and he was one of the people who said, ‘You’ve got to keep doing it, I love it.’