Archive of ‘jewellery’ category

In the Heart of Brixton

If you’ve been anywhere near Coldharbour Lane in Brixton over the past couple of weeks then you may have already spotted Turpentine, the new ‘creative retail hub’ which offers a whole host of goodies which have been handmade.
The store – formed by Amber Rogers, Alice Waters and Judith de Berker – originated as a pop-up, selling indie craft, art and giftware, and has now evolved into a shop with its very own permanent residence at 433 Coldharbour Lane. Their cute and quirky items have been created by almost 50 ‘indie-makers’ and range from £15 to £50 – so there’s something to suit every budget!
What’s even better, The Turpentine will run evening and weekend workshops on all sorts of arts & crafts, from jewellery-making and floristry to life-drawing and photography – all led by co-founder Judith de Berker, who attended Central St. Martins.
Pop on by to see it for yourself!

Lily Kamper

Inspired by an array of items including LED lights and abandoned Miami swimming pools, Lily Kamper’s SS14 jewelry collection is anything but ordinary. We love her latest collection of hand crafted and dip dyed pieces, all with distinctive architectural quality.The latest collection include chunky pendants, statement rings and delicate bangles with a mix of precious stones and fine metals, which pay homage to her distinguishing signature combination of hard and soft materials – and the outcome is nothing short of visually stimulating. We know what we’ll be pairing with our Spring wardrobes…

When I Grow Up…

For the next instalment of When I Grow Up… we grill Jade from Ginger Pickle and find out what her average Monday is like and happened when she did the Can Can for Michael Barrymore…. 

Where did the name come from?  
I was at a Greg Davies gig and thought of it then, inspiration from the weirdest of places!   
How did the idea come about? 
 It was at my final year degree show at art school, I was sat there on my stool pondering what to do with my life after Uni. I love the creative industry and didn’t want to leave it for a more corporate job, which perhaps yes was the more suitable option with regards to a stable income and good career prospects, but I had to follow my heart. I wanted to make my own jewellery and homeware range as well as support other British designers.   

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?  
Inspiration is everywhere from loads of sources…anything can inspire you, that’s the beauty of life, the uninspiring can be inspiring to some.  I tend to draw random doodles in my sketchbook and come up with ideas, relax and have fun with it and you will think of something cool!   
Who would you most love to see wearing one of your designs?  
Anyone, honestly it’s such a great feeling knowing that people like to wear the jewellery I make.   
You work with some talented young designers, anyone we should look out for?  
The Grey Earl is one of my newest designers. He’s an illustrator living in Glasgow, Scotland and makes the funniest cards i’ve ever seen. His ‘Batboy‘ cards take Batman to a new level. (I have attached pictures of his cards for you to see for yourself!) The response has been amazing, I really do see big things for Jon of The Grey Earl. 
Describe your average day…  
I get up around 8am, (I go for a morning jog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays…this is my attempt to try and get fit!) I then get my breakfast of cereal and green tea, reply to emails and then work on my orders. Some of my own jewellery is made to order so I need to spend an hour or so in the workshop. Monday’s are the busiest days for me, the build up of orders over the weekend means that I have to play catch up! Everyday is different, it really depends I could have a new designer in the shop and will spend a good amount of time uploading their items to the shop, organising stock, doing my accounts and sorting out paperwork. I am looking for new stockists for my own jewellery so will email shops that I like, or spend time on Facebook and Twitter promoting new work and designers. I am also actively looking for new designers for the shop so will spend time looking for new talent, or sometimes I have stalls to attend so I will get all my stock ready for it and organise my ‘stall kit’.   

Any advice for our readers wanting to take the plunge for themselves?  
If you are a designer and want to sell your work my advice is to start on It’s a brilliant marketplace and has loads of fabulous sellers. Also get as much information and advice as possible, if you are inspired by other designers, give them an email. There is a lot of trial and error, you will make things which you think are good at the time but then look back and say ‘what was I thinking, no wonder nobody bought it’. You will make mistakes, but it’s all part of the journey and each mistake will make you a better designer because you will learn from it and get better each time. The only way you will do it is if you keep trying! 
Tell us something no one else knows about you…  
I was on TV when I was a kid (think I was about 4). I was on Michael Barrymore’s show called ‘My Kind Of People’ where he travelled around shopping centres and people performed on the stage unrehearsed. I did the Can-Can with my dancing group. I was cheeky to him and he retaliated by knocking the microphone on my head…I remember it hurting and tried to hold back the tears. CRINGE! 

What does the future hold for Ginger Pickle?  
The plan is to expand and have more designers, We currently have 34 and would like to increase it to 50 within 5 years. I would also like to have my large studio space and have a little assistant to help me with orders. I would also love to go to more markets outside of Aberdeen where I currently live. Renegade market looks amazing!   
Oh and as we’ve just released our music issue, what’s on your ipod at the moment?  
I’m one of those people who has an iPod but can’t be bothered updating it! However, I do listen to youtube a lot and have been loving Bastille. Their mix tape ‘Other people’s heartache’ is amazing.  

Animal Farm

We’ve fallen pretty hard for Nach‘s animal rings,  we love the idea of having a whole zoo displayed on our knuckles! 
Each piece is handmade from porcelain by the sister duo, and we think you’ll agree – pretty darn cute! 

Pop Ya Collar

We’re loving the new neon necklaces from Yayer. The crescent shape necklaces sit snugly under your collar and they’re helping to add a little pop of colour under our white shirts… but now to decide on the green or pink?

When I Grow Up…

Khara Ledonne, miniature painter for her eponymous etsy shop, creates beautiful canvasses fit for a borrower. The Brooklyn-based artist’s necklaces are ideal for those who want to keep their hopes and dreams hidden away and close to their heart, it’s clear the oil paintings are given all of Khara’s time, love and attention. The perfect gift for your friends and family or if you are like us, for yourself, if you want a stegosaurus hanging from your neck.
When did you know that you wanted to take your creativity and work in fashion? 
You know how little kids will sometimes dress themselves in all the things they love most, without any regard for how it looks together? I still have the urge to do that. Painting lockets became this fantastic outlet where I can squeeze in all the color and imagery I dream up, yet keep it contained in a more presentable capsule. One can wear black from head-to-toe, but still have a hot pink mermaid dangling in their v-neck. It was a very slow and organic transition – I made things that I loved for myself until some of those ideas were noticed and gained momentum in an outside market. 
Where did you find the inspiration for your latest collection and what were your influences?
Though I live in Brooklyn, I grew up in a rather small and earthy town on the Pacific Ocean. Many of my designs are simply my daydreams, where I want to go when I close my eyes. When I’m riding the subway underground, I long for green trees, roaring campfires, and stormy oceans. Often there are elements of escape and fantasy – full moons, mermaids, and pirate ships. I find the locket is the perfect format for these tiny worlds because it can be exposed or kept secret. 
 How would you describe your creative process and what part of it do you most enjoy? 
Mixing new colors totally floats my boat. It’s just silly how much I love creating fresh colors to paint with – the oil enamel I use is intoxicatingly vibrant, and sometimes color alone is enough to give me an idea. Also, the requests of people for whom I paint custom orders open so many doors into new territories. They take me where I might be uncomfortable or unskilled and force me to adapt. 
What do you find best helps you get out of creative ruts? 
Usually when I’m in a rut it means I need to take a break, and remind myself that I am not a 24-hour creativity robot. After a few days away I am almost always refreshed. 
 What keeps you motivated? 
My studiomate – she’s a gem! Re-reading positive feedback from customers also gives me a lovely boost. 

For anyone thinking about taking their creativity and turning it into a business, what is the biggest piece of advice you would give them?
 For me, it has always been to work with your clientele. I’ve been painting murals, signs and miniatures for 13 years, and I think the reason it has proved so sustainable is because I try to meet others’ visions with my skills. I can get a blissful kick out of painting what I love for myself, but I can’t necessarily expect to pay rent that way. It is both a struggle and a delight to adapt to what others want. Being an artist or designer can also be a solitary pursuit, and I find interacting with buyers and clients keeps me grounded and open. 
What inspires you as an individual and who has influenced you the most? 
Nature and the love of my close friends. There is just nothing compared to the rejuvenation of laying under a leafy tree and the affirmation of someone I respect. In a more official realm, though, I would say the immensely talented painters that I worked with at a mural studio in Manhattan a few years ago. From China, Russia, Korea and Tibet – they were all bizarre characters who had much more experience than I. They put me through painter’s bootcamp (I literally cried over the shape of oak leaves, facial features and faux plaster), and I am much better off for it.
If you had the chance to take a sneaky peek inside the studio of another creative (dead or alive) who would it be? 
William Morris – that man was a force to be reckoned with. The way in which he applied strict function to lush and wild beauty is astonishing. That and the variety of his skills and workshops – wallpaper, weaving, woodwork… what I wouldn’t give to lay my paws on those tools! 
When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing? 
My work and play are so thoroughly integrated that it’s hard to say. If I’m not painting then I’m building, sewing, cooking or writing. Having tea with friends. And, you know, that occasional bloody mary or nap under a tree in the park.
 Where would you like to be in ten years time?
Building a house. With my own hands and lots of raw, organic materials. Foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing – everything! With as many nooks and cubbies as a house can hold. Essentially I just want to make an enormous locket.
By Holly Taylor

When I grow up…

For this months edition of ‘When I Grow Up’ we interview the lovely Sarah, a blogger and jewellery maker working under the name the Temporary:Secretary. Here we talk to her about her brand, and what made her get into it in the first place.

Who is the ‘Temporary:Secretary’? And how long have you been making jewellery? Temporary:Secretary is the name of my jewellery and accessories brand. I wanted a name that was quirky and different, something that would suit my brand and what I was selling. I started the business in 2008, so it has almost been 4 years now. 

What inspired you to get into jewellery making? 
It is difficult for me to pinpoint what inspired me to start my jewellery business, because before 2008 I was not in to jewellery and accessories. I was selling things on eBay and it evolved from that. After I graduated, I found it difficult to let go of the business. I had invested my own money in to it and it had potential to do well.

Who are your inspirations? And where do you get you ideas from?
I used to be more creative with inspiration. I was still at university when the business started and making jewellery was just a hobby. There was no pressure and I was having fun with it because I never saw it as a long-term venture. However, now with having bills, fees and overheads to pay now, the pressure gets to me and that stunts the creativity slightly. I constantly think in “business mode”. I guess I feel I have to be more commercial, for mass appeal. I know I have a lot to learn still.

What makes a good business idea? 
With both the blog and business, you have to make sure you stand out. In such a saturated market, it is vital to ensure that you’re different – put your own twist on something and give someone something to be excited about. It is nice to take inspiration but ultimately, be individual. It’s the only way you’ll get ahead. Don’t be afraid to be creative, even if it means weeks of brainstorming and research. The hard work will pay off when you finally have something you can shout about.

What do you do when you are not blogging/jewellery making? 
Blog and work. That’s about it. I find it really difficult to switch off from work. I am constantly working. I am always on the computer, laptop, mobile phone – working. People that know me will tell you this. I rarely watch tv or listen to music these days. Even when I am watching tv, or if I am out shopping, I’ll use the internet on my phone to answer customer query tweets and emails. 

What was it about jewellery that made you want to make your own?
I started to make jewellery for myself because at that time, there was very little jewellery that looked like this. I used to look at accessories on the high street and they were either really dainty little pieces or encrusted with tacky diamonds that would fall off after a few wears. Nowadays, they have all caught on to the “novelty” kitsch jewellery, it has been difficult to compete with the high street giants! Especially Primark. 

Do you have any advice you’d like to give people who may be thinking about doing something similar?
There is no easy and quick solution. It takes a lot of hard work! It’s just pure hard work and perseverance. People may think it’s easy but you’re going to become your own boss, and although there will be people to help you, you’re the one who makes the final decision! So be cohesive, think about all the aspects and how to execute them. I have learnt this the hard way!Be willing to learn and accept feedback, good or bad! It all helps you to make your business better, and when it all fits in to place, it may develop in to more and there will be rewards! Hard work first, rewards later! 

Movember – Part Two

We ladies utterly fail at growing facial furniture, so in order to help the cause here are some amazing moustache related items, the purchase of which will send a percentage straight to the Movember coffers!
What a fabulous fun way to wear a moustache! This amazing Burgundy button hat is made by Bee Smith Accessories.
A brilliant present for any Movember man, perhaps to congratulate him on his manly facial hair growing skills? Movember Moustache Print by Made by Berry.
What a perfect curly moustache! Mr. Moustache necklace by XOXIIShop.
Iconic Moustache Mugs by Peter Ibruegger. (He has donated some wonderful golden moustache glasses to the Movember website as prizes)
Wear/use/share your moustache with pride!
By Jules Young

It’s Sunday, we’re in love

You may have noticed our lovely new sponsor in our sidebar, and we couldn’t wait to share some of their lovely treats. Sunday Girl is ruun by Steph and is a like a little treasure trove of trinkets.
As you can tell by our header, we’re fond of pretty bunting so this bunting necklace is perfect for us Cellardoor girls. So go on, take a peek at the rest of the collection here.

Costumes and Crystal Armour

What with all the cold weather lately, we’ve been busy looking at things that help cheer us up. That’s when we stumbled across the lovely little NZ jewellery label D_Luxe. Duo Karie Higgins and Megan Oliver are the brains behind the wonderful designs and we’ve fallen in love with their new collection ‘Costumes and Crystal Armour’ and the pastel filled look book, which complement the jewellery perfectly. There’s even some illustrations by the fabulous Kelly Thompson, who we featured in the last issue.