Time is flying - sorry for the gap between blog posts - don't really know what's happened to this year! New designs will be available on the site very soon. As well as more updates.
One piece of exciting news is the forthcoming exhibition at National Museum Wales - Chalkie Davies photographer of musicians in the 70s and 80s while he worked at NME; I am dusting off and re-vamping my punky designs as well as making new work which will be on sale alongside this fab show. From May 9th - 6th Sept.
Tis the season of buying and selling - so much of this will go on over the next few weeks, why not make the task easier and see what arty events are on in your locality. Engage with the makers and pick up some beautiful, unique presents, fashion and bespoke work. I really enjoy selling directly to customers at quality craft fairs, can get great feedback on collections.
This weekend I'm selling at Penarth Pier Pavilion with a host of designer-makers.
some unofficial shots of new work worn by lovely Brya, more soon...
Suddenly it's September and as well as thinking about new tweedy trousers for Autumn, it's showtime for new season collections and time for looking ahead to next Spring and Summer, oh and a bit of Christmas! Confusing? No!
Years ago the boundaries between seasonal jewellery were more defined, for example sparkles and Gothic-ness for the dark nights of Winter and butterflies and beads for hazy Summery holidays - now it's all a lovely mix up of colour and fashion and imagination. No rules. This makes for great fun as a designer.
Just can't wait to get my new work finished!
This year I'm exhibiting at http://madebyhand-wales.co.uk/ which will feature a range of specially selected makers from a wide variety of crafts.
It's been quite a job keeping quiet since January about this particularly special piece! Was thrilled to be asked to make a ring for Peter Capaldi, the new Dr Who. More info on the whole story at the links below...
photo credit: Polly Thomas Photography
As well as offering my own bespoke design service, I'm excited to team up with Rowley's the Jewellers with a new venture. If you have old family items of jewellery that you can't wear but don't want to part with, we can re-design and breathe new life into your treasures.
Chains and links are always popular jewellery motifs, I love how they can be reinvented season after season. I usually add them in one form or another to each new collection.
I still have the 2 inches of rope chain I made by hand in college, it took ages but felt like a big achievement back then. Of course it's great to be able to use interesting off the shelf chains, and makes economic sense when jewellery making, but it is satisfying sometimes to make your own. A few years ago I collaborated with lovely Welsh milliner Catherine Povey on a range of headpieces based on Welsh goddesses and characters from the Mabinogion - the picture shows 'Rhiannon' made of silk, pheasant feathers and silver chain mail - I made the links while watching Merlin for inspiration!
I'm currently working on a new component link for my latest range. It's spiked and so I'm giving my hands a break by blogging! I'll be adding to the site when the collection is ready.
If you are looking for an accessory to go with ANYTHING in your wardrobe, a chain of some kind will work every time.
The coast of Wales is very much in the news at the moment - living by the sea you can't help being affected by the mix of changing light, water and weather. One minute the Bristol Channel can look as blue as the Med (honestly!) the next moment it has disappeared into the gloom. Even grey and muddy it has it's own charm. Beachcombing provides masses of inspiration for jewellery designs; lots of pretty shells, lovely seaweed shapes and eroded pebbles, as well as objects like these I found on Penarth beach - I'm drawn to their colour and texture and mystery - whatever did that 12" nail hold together?! Maybe we should just keep the sea as clean as possible or it'll throw weapons as well as waves at us!