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Posts Tagged ‘jewellery’

Butterflies, Swans, Stars and Tiaras: An interview with beaded jewellery designer Clara Francis

In this super inspiring interview jewellery designer Clara Francis talks about her career, motherhood and plans for the future. With loads of wonderful photos and illustrations too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Clara Francis Necklace by Rebecca May Ilustration

Clara Francis Necklace by Rebecca May Illustration.

Clara Francis and I first spoke about doing an interview when she had just given birth to her youngest and I was pregnant with Snarfle... but somehow life as a new mum got in the way and it's only now, two years later, that I have finally been able to catch up with this super talented jewellery designer. Clara is self taught in the virtually lost art of beading, producing beautifully intricate but bold pieces that seem to take on a life of their own. Here she talks candidly about the swap from acting to making, how motherhood has changed her life, and her excitement about the production of a new bridal collection. She's a total inspiration.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas by Designer Makers: 2014

Wonderful ideas for Valentine's Day: including unusual card designs, jewellery (of course!), fine art prints, bone china and clothing.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Valentine’s card by Jenny Robins.
It’s coming up to that time of year again… when the romantics amongst us express love through a special card or thoughtful gift. I’ll be running …

Best New Designs: Top Drawer and Craft London January 2014 Review

Great designs from the pre-eminent gift show, including wrapping paper, baby wear and jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It has been many years since I last attended the Top Drawer gift trade show at Earls Court, and the scope of what is now on offer is daunting to …

Secret Emporium Christmas Market: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

The best designer makers (mainly jewellers!) at this year's Secret Emporium Christmas Market, held at the Nicholls & Clarke building in Shoreditch on the 14th and 15th December.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Niecklace by Diane Turner.
Secret Emporium events always promise plenty of atmosphere and this year’s Winter Edition Christmas Market did not disappoint – visitors to the old Nicholls and Clark tile …

East London Design Show: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

This year the East London Design Show took place at the Truman Brewery, and whilst the venue was somewhat lacking in atmosphere there was lots of fabulous designer maker talent on show. Here's my hot ideas for Christmas gifts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve shared my favourite finds from the 2013 Bust Craftacular, now here’s what I loved at the East London Design Show, held for the first time in the Truman Brewery. …

Review: Cheapside Hoard Jewellery Exhibition at the Museum of London

This beautifully presented display of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery is a must see for anyone who loves jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cheapside Hoard by Yelena Bryksenkova.
I have a major love for all things jewelled and especially gemological, so a visit to the new Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London …

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Little Shilpa: London Fashion Week S/S 2014 Presentation Review

On Monday 16th September Little Shilpa treated us to her first ornate presentation for London Fashion Week... and there was nothing 'little' about it.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

Little Shilpa S/S 2014 by Slowly The Eggs
Little Shilpa is the eponymous label of Mumbai born milliner and accessory designer Shilpa Chavan, and this was her first ever Fashion Scout …

Inspired by Illustration: An interview with jewellery designer Annabelle Lucilla

Jewellery designer Annabelle Lucilla has been creating illustrations since childhood: here she tells us why she decided to pursue a career in jewellery design, her design process and the importance of social media in building a career.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Annabelle Lucilla by Laura Hickman.
I first ran across the beautiful illustrated etched designs of Annabelle Lucilla at the One Year On exhibition at New Designers 2013, and her work instantly …

An interview with jewellery designer and gemologist expert Milena Kovanovic

Jewellery designer Milena Kovanovic tells me about her inspiration from the depths of the ocean, and shares some unusual facts about gems.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Milena Kovanovic by Laura Hickman.
I was blown away by the unusual jewels of Milena Kovanovic when I first discovered her at The Craft Market last year, curated by Megan Taylor …

New Designers 2013 Jewellery: The Best Graduate Designers

I always get excited looking around the jewellery stands at New Designers: here's a selection of the most intriguing new designers and the ones who created jewellery I wanted for myself...

Written by Amelia Gregory

I always discover a huge number of brilliant new jewellery designers at the New Designers exhibition, and this year was no exception. Firstly, at the One Year On section I …

Raw Talent University of the Arts Graduate Design Show: Review

Some great new creative talent was on show at the We.Create International student run exhibition, held at the Hoxton Gallery between 28-29th June 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last week I went along to the opening night of Raw Talent at the Hoxton Gallery in Shoreditch, hosted by We.Create International. Alongside strange goings on such as the sight …

Treasure Jewellery Show 2013: Review

Magical jewellery by a plethora of designers, discovered at Treasure - the huge show dedicated to jewellery and held at Somerset House between 14-16th June 2013 during Jewellery Week.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year I got my first taste of the Treasure jewellery show at Somerset House, a vast showcase now on its sixth outing during Jewellery Week. Here’s the familiar talents …

Free Range Art & Design Show 2013: Middlesex University Jewellery Review

Wonderful work from Middlesex jewellery graduates, as always. I predict great things, especially for Sabina Johal, Katrine Standahl and Emma Aitchison.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I was gutted to discover that the Middlesex University Jewellery degree course will close down when the current first years have passed through the system, for I always look forward …

An Interview with Moko Sellars, Founder of Design Studio Moko

I spoke to packaging fanatic Moko about her passion for both ceramics and paper.

Written by Jessica Cook

Based in East London, Moko is a Design Studio with a passion for form. Set up by Moko Sellars in 2012, Moko burst onto the design scene with the launch …

An Interview with Jewellery Designer Rosita Bonita

We chat to jewellery designer Rosita Bonita, aka Rowenna Harrison, about her new collection Siren

Written by Jessica Cook

Valentines Day 2013: Jewellery, Handmade Gifts & Discounts on Chocolates

Struggling to find that perfect Valentine's gift? Look no further: here are my top recommendations for unusual handmade items, plus links to money off vouchers for chocolates. (nomnom)

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve given you some great ideas for unique handmade Valentines cards, and now I bring you a round up of beautiful and unusual gifts, including, of course, some delightful jewels.

Dowse …

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: 13 Top Jewellery Designs

I love jewellery: and so do lots of women, hint hint :) Here's my pick of some fantastic pieces available on the web for your delection.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I love so many amazing jewels it’s hard to know what to share, but here’s a selection that tickle my festive fancy.
I discovered Alex Ramsay at the recent Craft …

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An Interview with Jewellery Designer Kate Sibley, talking about her ‘Future Jewellery’ Collection

London based designer Kate Sibley, of design studio Sibley Grove, talks us through her new bold and sustainable jewellery collection created with beautifully folded stone paper.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

Kate Sibley Jewellery by Laura Griffin
When I first looked at images of Kate Sibley’s stone ‘paper’ Future Jewellery I was reminded of a gorgeous book I fell in love with …

New Designers 2012 Jewellery Graduates and One Year On

Dead animals, bee hives, typography, cars and body parts: inspiration for today's jewellery designers is found everywhere.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Sadly I was unable to make it to the main stands showcasing the graduate jewellery collections (Snarfle got fed up and we had to leave) but I did manage to …

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Royal College of Art MA Degree Show 2012 Review: Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery

At the Royal College of Art Show 2012 in Kensington I was impressed by some stunning work from the MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery graduates.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

‘Headphones for Soanes‘ by Jennifer Gray
This year saw the creation of the new School of Material at the The Royal College of Art, which includes Fashion Womenswear and Menswear, …