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Little Trinkets, Chic Handmade Jewellery

I’m a big fan of unique accessories and clothes, and it’s even better if you can help out creative individuals that spend their time producing handmade items that look chic, professional and different.

One of my friends on Twitter has started producing her own jewellery, and selling it! I know what you’re thinking, I bet they look dull, naf, unprofessional, boring, but no, they’re the total opposite! Her pieces are so chic, fashionable, and perfectly styled for vintage outfits! So, I thought, why not help a friend out, and get some background on the pieces, so I asked some questions!

What inspired you to start producing your own jewellery?

Well, it actually started out as a new hobby for me to get involved with; a friend of mine made me a couple of bracelets for my birthday last summer, and I just got hooked on the idea of making my own jewellery! There’s already a lot of stuff out there in the Jewellery market, but making it myself just seemed a lot more appealing. Buying handmade goods is a lot more appealing to me and I’m sure it’s the same with others. I got crafting and I just fell in love with the craft.

Mockingjay necklace, purchase HERE (£8)

What’s the favourite piece of jewellery you’ve made?

I have to say my ‘MOCKINGJAY’ necklace has to be my favourite. Not only do I love The Hunger Games trilogy, but it allowed me to make something pretty cool from just a few pieces of silver rather than just adding a complete ready-made pendant onto a piece of chain. A lot of love went into ‘MOCKINGJAY’!

Can you tell us more about the process that goes into making a piece, where do you get your inspiration from, and how does it all come together in the end?

Well, sometimes it’s as simple as buying some charms, laying it out in front of me & then making a necklace out of it – where the easy pieces come from. Then you get the pieces which takes days to design – sometimes I’m constantly thinking about one necklace I’m making for a custom order all day long! I get ideas from my own jewellery, what I see others wearing what I see in the window as I walk through town, etc. This all merges with the ideas I’ve already got in my head, until I can make a great, unique piece. Designs usually come easy to me; it’s mostly a matter of finding the right bits and pieces to make sure it all comes together the way I want it.

My personal favourite pieces are these vintage rose necklaces what inspired you to make these?

I actually ordered the roses during the height of my obsession with rose cabochons (which still continues!) – I just think they’re beautiful, and the colours are just lovely! They’re simple necklaces, but have a vintage air about them & I just love anything that screams ‘vintage!’ at me. I guess that’s the sentimental me talking. I did enjoy taking the photos too :P

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Artistic Aspirations

I’ve been looking into university recently, as well as my college options for next year. After my trip into Wales last weekend (Cardiff is amazing, seriously, it’s the city of my dreams), I think I’ve settled on applying for both Cardiff University, probably for something like psychology, philosophy, something like that, and Cardiff Art And Design College. The idea of living and studying in Cardiff for three years is like a dream come true, but there’s only one problem. I don’t know what to study.

You see, I know I have artistic skill, I’m not going to lie and be modest about it, I can paint quite well, and I’ve got serious drive and ambition to really put my mind to it and want to succeed. Add to that the fact that I’m not exactly dumb, hell, I do maths, physics and chemistry A-Levels! So, something in business is where I should be aiming for.

I have a real eye for design, I know what goes and what doesn’t, and I have a way of thinking logically about stuff, so if I am to go down the artistic route in terms of higher education, it wouldn’t be with the end sight in working for somebody else, with no say in anything, no, I’d want to work for myself, and as the idea of owning my own business has appealed to me for ages and ages, that seems like a worthwhile goal. So, if that’s where I’m heading, I still need to focus my educational path even more. This is because, if you venture over to the CAADC course listing, there are a list of courses you can take.

  • Architectural Design And Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Illustration
  • Interior Architecture
  • Artist Designer:Maker
  • Product Design
  • Textiles

I don’t really know a lot about the courses, as the website insists on using the longest wording ever for everything, and most of what they say seems to be identical for each course. The ones that I’ve found interesting by what little I can discover from the website have to be Fine Art, which seems remarkably similar to what I’ve been doing at GCSE and A-Level, Graphic Communication, Artist Designer:Maker, which the website is so unclear on it could either be the best thing ever for me, or hellish, and Textiles, which would be a way into the textiles industry, which would be fun, and would allow me to start a business, and all them goals, but seems a little gay cliché.

So, if anybody has any information that could help me, or if any of my readers are also aspiring to go into the artistic and creative sector, please leave a comment below and we can share stories and information!

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Mary Portas Is An Inspiration

So recently I’ve watched all of ‘Mary’s Bottom Line’ and ‘Mary Queen of Frocks’, about Mary Portas’s fight with fashion. In ‘Bottom Line’, she tries to restart British manufacturing, producing some lacy underwear, and in ‘Queen of Frocks’, she takes on the lack of fashion for woman in between teenagerdom and old age. She really is an inspiration, like, for me, and for a lot of other people. I used to watch ‘Mary Queen of Shops’, when it was on BBC2, and she really implanted the idea that business and fashion aren’t things that other people, big important rich people do, but something that everybody could do. Her ideas about how shopping should be an experience and how it should be fun, seem like such simple ideas that are just overlooked by most of the businesses I’ve visited.

The idea of owning a little chic shop somewhere, and having a job in fashion, but not working for somebody else, just seem like it would be so fun, and I hadn’t even thought about it until I watched her television shows. I know it’s a far-fetched idea, and it might not happen, as I’m not targeting fashion as a career path at all, but, as I’m an art student, aspiring to study art at university, then why couldn’t I take the short jump into fashion as well? All fashion is is art with clothes, and I don’t need to be taught how to apply my artistic mind to fashion, it’s all instinct and skill, and skills are something that you develop, and I already have the artistic instinct into what looks good and what doesn’t.

It’d be so fun to just be able to own a little piece of the world where I can build this little place where the rules are different, where I can have fun and be creative, and to make money from that as well, that would be the best thing in the world. The thing is, I don’t really know where to start, because it’s just a typical gay career, fashion, so I’d rather not talk about it with teachers, career advisers, so I don’t look silly, it’d have to be something I work on by myself, but that’d just make it more of a journey, an exciting adventure.

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