Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces, as I take part in my first We Make London show. Make a space in your diary to come along and pick up some lovely handmade items :).
So I can now finally reveal my fantastic news I have been having to keep secret, my jewellery is about to be published in a book!
I am of course very excited, to be featured with so many other fantastic designer/makers based in London is such a joy.The book will contain how and where to buy the the best locally-made handmade British products directly for us the makers :).
The Book launch is coming up a the end of this month, which I am very much looking forward to.
So I haven’t posted for a while as I have busy with some new projects, a couple of which I will let you know about soon.
With the weather doing it’s best to keep me in doors, I thought I’d let you know about the East London Print Makers which provide open access facilities for screenprinting, etching, and relief printing. It is run by a group of artist/printmakers with a wide range of experience and knowledge. They also run work shops and recently had an open studio where you watch the artists in action and pick up some of their lovely work.
Also my lovely friend Hazel Stark was there printing a small run of her quirky mask cushions, but be quick if you want one she only printed a few.
Recently I have been covering other designer/makers and artists but I finally get to show off my new work.
Over the weekend I had my studio photos taken for my new lookbook. A lot of time, energy and love has gone into this so I hope you like what I have to show you. So here are a few of my favorites…
So with Made in Clerkenwell done and dusted I thought I’d take some time out of my busy schedule to let you know about another designer. Charlotte Kirkland creates fantastic illustrated prints – at the moment she produces her gorgeous designs onto cards and cushions, I would love some of her ducks on my bathroom wall.
Where did you study or when did you start making jewellery?
I studied at Winchester School of Art, It’s a beautiful place!
Do you have a particular designer that influences you or you take inspiration from?
I love anything that’s nature inspired and looks a little bit botanical, old fashioned with a twist I guess. I think the work of Thomas Paul is absolutely amazing, Thornback and Peel are great, and I find the work of Jen Rowland really interesting. I love her use of colour and the work has a very naturalistic feel about it.
I see you use lithography in your work, how did you end up using this process?
I use the process mainly because of how unpredictable it can be. I love the effect that I get from Xerox, and I think that it complements the botanical style illustrations I create.
I have been lucky enough to be selected to take part in this years Made in Clerkenwell from the 24th-27th May.
I will be selling my ever popular button studs as well as some new designs, so if you want to have a sneak peak at my new jewellery range I have some complimentary tickets to give away. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you one in the post!
Hope to see lots of you there…
I am running one of my fantastic workshops again, making beautiful corsages. It runs from 6pm til 8pm and there is bound to be plenty of fun, just follow the link below.
Using silk, lace and other found items, create beautiful corsages to adorn your wrist, neck or head. I will be using my applied arts training, to guide you through the process.
Cost: CIY workshops cost an affordable £19.99 unless otherwise stated
(including materials and complimentary wine)
Book online! http://
Venue: Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
In the second part of my look back over Made in Clerkenwell Winter I wanted to show some designers who make things that are a bit more eco friendly. Like many I use recycled packing and use non conflict silver from Cooksons gold, So I wanted to highlight other designers who are either sourcing materials in the UK using sustainable textiles or have environmental ethical values at the centre of their collections.
Kate Rawlinson makes a range of accessories and lifestyle products. She combines hand written stories with gardens, forests and whimsical characters to create timeless and charming pieces. I picked up a couple of her things for Christmas presents :)
Anna Alicia makes gorgeous accessories using Debbie Bliss Eco range cotton wool and vintage findings and handmade porcelain beads. I managed to do an art-swap with a pair of my green enamel studs for a hand knitted Eagle Necklace in dusk blue. Which I was very pleased about.)
I also met award winning ethical designer Feng Ho who uses a range of sustainable textiles such as bamboo, soy, organic cotton and hemp. End-of-line textiles from British fabric merchants are also utilised in her creations. Feng Ho’’s bespoke range of inspiring womenswear is hand-crafted in her Oxford based studio.
It always so nice to meet New people especially when they are making such beautiful and interesting things, I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.