2012...is hopefully going to be filled with all things good, well apart from the fact that the world is supposedly going to end!...Fun :S
2011 was a particularly scary year for this jeweller, with lots of deadlines all at once, diving into the world of self employment, moved....again!, being made redundant... twice! and starting a teaching career. It took a lot of self management, working 24/7 (well apart from the cheeky wee weekend off)and the support from my lovely family and boyfriend that made the transition much easier.
With the first month of 2012 been and gone, I've finally had time to sit down and think about what I want out of this year. 2012 is going to be a year of scheduling deadlines and events, keeping up to date with book-keeping, design development and applying for funding. If 2011 has taught me anything, it's that in your first year of business you need support. I thought that after a few sales from stock-list I would be able to set aside money to buy the tools I desperately needed. Unfortunately it just didn't turn out that way and all my profits went back into buying materials as more and more stock-lists were looking to take on my collection (and there was even a few I had to turn down until a later date!). That will not be happening this year!
Some more recent news is that I have a new collection currently on-route to the fabulous gallery/boutique The Shop Of Interest in Glasgow's Westend :).They sell all manner of interesting things like prints, jewellery, knitwear, furniture, fabrics, illustrations, sculptures, scribbles, ornaments...and oh so many other good things.
Here are a few of the pieces that will be on sale at The Shop Of Interest...
After a busy few weeks of designing and making, it has all been worth the while. My new collections in both the Harley Gallery and Bluecoat Design Centre have been selling really well. My newest pieces that were sent to the Harley Gallery are below....
Onyx 'wait for me' Necklace.
Onyx Twist Studs.
Goodville Pin with small Garnet.
Not that I want to rub it in too much....but, our holiday in Fueturventura was lovely and well needed. And in-between all the sunbathing and eating I managed to take some beautiful pictures of the island....
Now back to normality I've realised how little of my Christmas shopping I have done....Better get a move on since its only 6weeks away....crazy
I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather we have been having the last few days...and just in time for my long haul up to the post office to send off my jewellery to another stocklist at Bluecoat Display Centre. Some new pieces that are off to BCDC are below...
Goodville collection - Lazer cut bone Studs.
Goodville Collection - Lazer cut bone ring.
The last few weeks have been very eventful for myself with lots of ups and downs. Some good and some not so good. I'll start with the good, which was two very lovely emails, one from Cat at the Harley Gallery inviting me to stocklist the gallery over the christmas period and the other from Richard at 3D2D accepting my application form to become a 3D2D member. That's 3 galleries displaying my newest collections...all at the same time! Working like a dog in the workshop is a slight understatement.
So I thought a well deserved holiday is in need....and what do you know...I've booked my first holiday in years!! Once all deadlines have been met me and Scott will be flying off for a week in the sun to Fuerteventura.
And to follow all that good news I got a bit of a kick in the teeth from my part-time job at Revlon. They will be closing our store and making all the girls redundant. Sad times but I know we will all find something much better.
Last week I went to visit my family back home in Ayr and spend some time with them and especially my gran as I had designed a pendant for her. My new pieces were all inspired by the pendant I made for my gran...all very simple with a tinny weenie sparkle.
I also got some extremely exciting news about a new stocklist. In Octber I will be supplying the BlueCoat Display Centre in Liverpool with my latest collection. The BDC is a nationally and internationally recognised contemporary craft and design gallery and they sell, exhibit and promote over 350 selected contemporary craftspeople each, so I am more than flatter to be asked to supply them with my jewellery.
Hello! I am a graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland where I have gained a Bdes(hons) degree in Jewellery and Metal design. Over the years i have had a lot of experience in the jewellery industry as well as completed a jewellery Design HND at Cardonald College in Glasgow. This blog is a place for me to share my day to day antics, my jewellery development, inspiration, new collections and everything else inbetween.....come on and follow :)