It was after doing a tandem skydive that Holly Budge decided she needed to make some life changes. “That 60 seconds completely changed my course,” she laughs. Working as a graphic designer in London, she knew she had to pursue a more adventurous career.
Six months later, Holly, now 39, was working as a camerawoman in New Zealand. Since then she has travelled to the Himalayas, and rode across Mongolia on horseback. But it’s her focus on elephants and ivory that has been her main passion over the past decade: a mission that has satisfied her both as an artist and a charitable campaigner. “I studied in Bournemouth and focused on jewellery design,” she says. “And I discovered vegetable ivory. I’ve been mesmerised by the material ever since.”