People often ask when did I start making jewellery. I often answer when I was little. Now you may think that little children can’t make jewellery, or indeed that they shouldn’t even be allowed in to a jewellery workshop! When … Continue reading
Every professional artist maker is hectic this time of year, making up orders or getting stock ready for sales, I’m no different.
The only problem for me is that my kids lives seem to go on extra busy too! So I become the juggler.
I’m currently getting all the stock sorted for:
And also Steyning Arts at Christmas
Getting ready for Christmas means that my stock design turns to making gifts, these do tend to be smaller pieces which are slightly more affordable and so slightly more available.
This year I am concentrating on helping raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of Jane. She was one of my students who battled with cancer for many years but lost that fight this summer.
I do love this time of year as I get to meet all my customers, who I may only see once a year. It’s fun to catch up! I enjoy making jewellery that I know is appreciated by others and bought with love!
If you would like to come an visit my studio please do get in touch.
Have a lovely festive season.
Spring time for me is one of the best times of year! Everything is bursting back into life after the winter. It is also a time of great promise, the gears are set into motion for the rest of the years exhibitions. Applications processed for all the up coming shows and open houses are filled in and stocks is prepared ready.
It seems to have been a busy few months already!
I have been asked to exhibit in two Open Houses in Brighton this year and have been heavily involved with the organisation of the Steyning Arts Art trail.
I will also be taking part in Henfield garden and arts event in June. This sees the conclusion of my eight weeks with no weekend breaks! It’s hard work but a necessary evil when you work for yourself! I love meeting the people who buy my work, it’s the closure of the circle for me, it’s weird not knowing your client.
Today I’m off up to London to take my work up to the annual exhibition for The Society of Botanical Artist, I have been a member for a few years now and am one of only a few non painter members. The exhibition is always brimming with gorgeous images of botanical life, a highlight on my calendar!
A couple of weeks ago I took a little bit of time out to design and make some earrings. Normally, I always leave earring making to the last minute, before an exhibition. I decided to do things differently this year!!! I now have plenty of earrings ready for Christmas sales ranging from £20-65. My favourites are the hydrangea studs, I did these in a drop earring too. These may not make it general consumption, they might get smuggled out of the workshop!!!!
I always look forward to the summer as a time to take things easy and recharge my batteries. I’m very good at using the kids being around as an excuse to switch off a little. This year has been no exception. I have made sure that they have been first and for most, at the end of the day it’s only a few weeks.
I have used the time to catch up with myself though. This means that when I get back to the bench proper, I’m ready to go full steam ahead for Autumn and Christmas!!!
I have just received my latest lot of silver gilt pieces back from the platers and I’m full of grand plans and great designs for the new season.
Rich colours like turquoise, red and purple are on my list along with silver pearls!
I’m off to a trade show on Monday so watch this space for lots of lovely goodies, can’t wait!!!
This an exhibition which I’m taking part in in a wee while, if you like Botanical Art this is a must. I am always inspired by exhibitions like this and I don’t even paint!!
These boys are members of Worthing Gymnastics Club Boys squad, recently they have won a huge collection of medals from some floor and vault competitions in our area. The boys attend WGC which is one of the few clubs in the region that focus specifically on boys recreational gymnastics. Well done to the all. They all work hard and this is paid back by all the competitons they win!!
A bit of a tenuous link, but my silver gilt work has been a bit of a winner this summer too. I had several pieces plated in 22ct gold as a bit of a trail and it seems that this has been a good idea. I have sold nearly all of the work.
The crown featured here is another winning creation, I was asked to make by my son’s school. Thankfully, they did the hard work, by getting 420 children to make and decorate cakes. All I had to do was make a couple of crowns. These where then used as toppers for the huge tower of cakes. We were very lucky with the weather for the Jubillee Party as is didn’t rain, however we very nearly lost the cakes to the winds!!!