April has been a busy month here at the studios, and I hope it has been a busy and successful one for you too! I do love this time of year. The apple blossom is out on the tree in our garden, the evenings are getting longer, and the sunlight shining through my studio windows is simply perfect for photographing my jewellery!
April got off to a great start at the British Craft Trade Fair, and it was great to catch up with some old friends and meet new ones. Thank you to everyone who stopped by stand 357! Thank you, too, for all the wonderful comments on my new Watercolour Collections – it is always an exciting yet nervous time, showing off a new collection, especially on this occasion as this jewellery is textured not with hammers or punches but with my own drawings.
The patterns on the metal started out as my watercolour (hence the name of the collections) and pen and ink sketches which I have transformed into repeat patterns. These have then been laser engraved into card so that the pattern is burnt away. The textured card is then passed tightly with the metal through my rolling mill – and the pattern is embossed into the silver!
I love the soft look of the silver and gold, and that the pieces are so tactile. There are currently four different patterns, and the Floral one with six-petaled flowers is my favourite. The Watercolour collection offers a selection of silver pieces and jewellery that combines silver with rich jewel-coloured wool, and the Golden Watercolour Collection adds a thick layer of 24k gold to the silver.
Today’s plans in the studio are to texture and saw some more birds and tulips and add the gold to some more earrings ready to send them off to their new galleries. I do love my job!