mac Birmingham Winter Marketplace

macTomorrow I will be selling my jewellery at the mac in Birmingham.  The Marketplace is a contemporary craft fair showcasing various designer/makers.  The event is free entry and is open from 11am to 5pm.  I will also be at exhibiting on Saturday 15th December.  All work will be on sale including the Lombok Pearl and Emerald Green Jade necklaces.

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Urban and Blue Lotus Collections Coming Soon

I will be setting up my jewellery workshop in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham as part of Design Space.  This is an incubator support programme run by Birmingham City Council for start-up jewellery designer/maker businesses.

During my year here, I plan to design and create two collections – the ‘Urban’ and ‘Blue Lotus’.  The Urban collection was inspired by the Urban locket, based on street art in urban areas, which I photographed on my travels.  The Blue Lotus collection is a contemporary collection with an Asian aesthetic.  My inspiration for this collection came from my love of architecture from the Art Deco era and the repetitive floral motifs seen in Indian art.  The Blue Lotus collection will have some bespoke pieces which will include some of my photography.

The Urban Locket

A locket usually contains photographs of people and holds many memories.  For my locket I wanted to steer away from the norm and base it on happy memories I had clubbing with friends in Digbeth, Birmingham.  Each part of the locket has been inspired from photographs taken by myself around Digbeth.  The images taken were of street art and architecture found in the area.  I hope the locket also brings back happy memories to those who’ve spent many a night clubbing in Digbeth!

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Street Scene

For this design I wanted to celebrate the ‘old and new’ architecture around Birmingham city centre and the Jewellery Quarter.  The city of Birmingham boasts architecture from the 18th-21st century.  The pendant was inspired from features of buildings as well as outdoor furniture.  This piece can also be made as a brooch.  The piece was hand fabricated using base metal.  The pendant is 24K gold plated and the neckwire is made from 925 silver.