Natracare Jewellery

So I finally found some time to let you know what I’ve been up to. I have been busy with a project working with Natracare who make high quality, organic and natural feminine hygiene products.

I was asked to make a collection of jewellery, which gave me a fairly broad brief as I could use any item in their range from panty liners to tampons. I also had to think about everything I used, from organic thread, to where my silver had been sourced from.

It was really important to me to make the tampons and other items look like jewellery, to transform them from their original state, so I started experimenting. My main inspiration came from Elizabethan ruffs, I wanted to find out if I could unfurl the tampons and dye them. I had to think about which natural dyes to use – would they fall apart once dyed?

I decided to use red cabbage and saffron, both of which produce lovely shades as you can see above on the bracelet and ruff necklace.

This collection will now be accompanying a dress that is also made from Natracare products¬†to San Francisco December 2nd to 4th for Teens Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge: Green University summit finals. Then it will remain in the States for the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim California in March 2012.

I am so excited that other people are going to get to see my work around the world, I think it is increasingly important that people think about where the products they buy come from and the harmful materials they may contain.

This was such a fun and interesting commission, I can’t wait for my next one!

Getting ready!

So I haven’t posted for a while as I have been busy working on another project, which I will share with you all soon. The run up to Christmas is a busy time of year for all designer/makers, I am busy preparing for Made in Clerkenwell and Christmas orders for galleries. So I thought I’d show you what been up to ..

These are the beginnings of some lovely ‘Get Stitched’ studs, earrings and brooches. Once the precious metal has been made to the right size I roll them with my rolling mill to get the lace texture.

I am so please with the lace I’ve used this time, the patterns they have imprinted are so pretty and delicate.¬† Every time I use my rolling mill the texture is always different, which makes every piece unique. I hope you like them to :)