So there is definitely a chill in the air and plenty of leaves on the ground. I’ve been busy finishing off my projects that started when it was a bit hotter, but as Christmas comes ever closer I turn my attention to my shows and making new jewellery for my AW13 collections.
I’ve had a lot of fun developing and experimenting and come up with what I feel are some pretty lovely things. There has been a lot of reflection this year and thinking about how to move forward with my jewellery. I decided to forge on and have found new galleries to stock my jewellery and have been given new motivation to create new pieces.
(Found Bracelet with dyed jade beads, Czech glass and a fresh water pearl.)
So hopefully anyway you should be seeing a lot more of me on here plus of course finding the loveliest most gorgeous hand made items to share with you.
Next week I am off to Boxpark. Based in Shoreditch it is constructed of stripped, and refitted shipping containers, creating unique, low cost, low risk pop-up stores.
Filled with a mix of fashion and lifestyle brands, galleries, cafés and restaurants – BOXPARK places local and global brands side-by-side, creating a unique shopping and dining destination.
If you’ve got the time it is definitely worth a look, my very creative friend Jo from HAM will be there from the 10th -14th July. I will update next week with no doubt some lovely things to share with you.
So I have been quiet for a while working on other projects but I wanted to highlight the new exhibition ‘Benchmark‘ happening in Clerkenwell in the next couple of weeks.
From the 10-15 June you’ll be able to see some exciting contemporary jewellery at Craft Central in their new Gallery space. This is just one of many events happening over Jewellery week 2013, so make sure you find time to go have a look at these wonderful creations!
From the top Lynne Maclachlan – Phase earrings, Farrah Al-Dujaili necklace, Jane Gowans – Fathom ring, Julia Parry-Jones – Nestling earrings.
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 handmade British products directly from 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.
Have you always wanted to be a designer/artist?
I guess I have always been drawn to beautiful things. I am a bit of a hoarder, and it makes me feel good when I make something and think it looks appealing- that’s the challenge that I set myself.
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.
What is your favourite animal to draw and why?
I love drawing chickens! I think that they are comical creatures and I really like portraying their characters on paper.