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  1. Spring Update

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    It's been a while since my last post! So this is what I've been up to.

    Fairs

    Two weeks ago I exhibited at The Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. This is one of my favourite events, really friendly and a great venue.

     Textiles Fair

     Nicola De Cruz

    I was exhibiting next to the lovely Nicky De Cruz who makes gorgeous handbags and purses.

     
    Those who signed up to my Enewsletter over the weekend were entered into a draw to win my Alessia earrings. The winner was Melisa Thomas from Twickenham who said "I am SO happy as I absolutely love your jewellery!!"
     
     
    Vintage Lace - new designs added to the online shop
     
    I've just uploaded some more designs in the Vintage Lace collection . These are all made with some lovely cream lace from the 1920s.
     
    Chiara earrings
     
    International Postage
     
    My online shop is now set up for postage in Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia! Click here for more details.
     

    Collaboration

    Jennifer Collier, paper artist and fellow Embroidery graduate, came up with an idea for a project for both of us to work on. I went off to meet her in her lovely studio and gallery www.unittwelve.co.uk at the end of February. here is a sneaky peek at what we've started plotting. Watch this space for more in the future!

    Jennifer Collier

    New Stockists

    I'm really pleased to have delivered jewellery from my Vintage Noir and Vintage Lace collections to Kensington Palace, which reopens to visitors on 26th March. Other new stockists include The Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, Paul Clark Clothiers near Brighton and Ebbing Tide in North Yorkshire. Click here to go to my updated stockist list.

    Press

    Craft Business heroes     On the button     Making Jewellery

    See more on the press page

    Coming Up

    I'm busy getting ready for the British Craft Trade Fair, which takes place in Harrogate, April 15-17. This includes new work for my collaboration with Jennifer Collier.

    I'm also very excited as I've been having discussions with another big museum in London that want to stock my jewellery!

  2. A whirlwind year - 2011 in one post!

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    Busy Bee!

    Ok, so I've counted up what I've done this year and it's no wonder I'm tired! A total of 10 gallery exhibitions, 13 craft fairs,  2 trade fairs, 1 arts trail and 1 workshop! And that's if I've remembered them all phew...! (Note to self - not so much in 2012!)

    I've been all over the UK from London to Manchester, Cumbria to South Wales, Yorkshire to Derbyshire and beyond. I've made new maker friends and caught up with others, met customers new and old, and generally enjoyed all of it (except perhaps packing up before a big show and loading and unloading the car!)

    Stands at GNCCF

    GNCCF in Manchester, October

    I've exhibited in some fabulous venues from St George's Hall in Liverpool to the Assembly Rooms in Bath

    St Georges hall

    St George's Hall, Liverpool

    Beyond the events...

    A few of the other highlights of the year.

    January - Top Drawer, Earls Court brought in international orders and my Vintage Noir Collection was featured in one of the trend stands designed by Trend Bible

     Trend Bible

    March - I started work on my Vintage Lace Collection.

    Vintage Lace Collection

    April - I was thrilled to be featured in Craft and Design magazine! Click here to read the article.

    C&D magazine June 2011

    May - My Vintage Noir jewellery experienced time travel! Part of the Revolution Shop project at Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire.

    Revolution Revolution detail

    Lady Jane Cavendish wears my Alessandra earrings!

    June - The British Museum started selling my Vintage Collection in their Grenville Room shop!

    Vintage button pendant

    Sometime in the summer - I'm not sure when! I started tweeting, and before that blogging.

    July - My nephew Patrick was born!

    Patrick

    October - Launch of my new website, after many hours of  image editing, uploading and endless tweaking...!

    website

    November - Too many events, but lots of lovely customers with great reactions and comments on my jewellery. Thanks! Article in Jewellery Focus magazine.

    Jewellery Focus Extract

    December - More mentions for my jewellery in Gift Focus, Attire Accessories and even a tiny picture of my Alessandra earrings in Elle!

    Elle

    Elle magazine Ad.

    Looking back....

    Thanks to all my customers new and old. Also to the other makers who I've met throughout the year for their support and the invaluable experience sharing that goes on when we get together over a glass of wine or two after a long day exhibiting!

    Thanks to the friends who put me up and feed me when I travel around the UK to events, also to my boyfriend Steve who has put up with an overtired girlfriend this winter. Finally to Sarah Richman for her work promoting my jewellery and nudging me in the right direction.

    Things have definitely moved up a gear for the business, and finally all that hard work I've been putting in since 2004 seems to be paying off. I'm looking forward to a busy 2012, with perhaps more work/life balance...is that possible when you are self employed?

    Happy New Year!