This week­end UnArts will be in Kings Heath for our first event of the year.  Ophelia Gifts is spon­sor­ing the event, which is clev­erly being held the same day as the local farm­ers mar­ket. As you can ima­gine, I’m pretty darn excited, busily fin­ish­ing up pro­jects and pre­par­ing for Saturday.

Jade & Lampwork Glass

Jade & Lampwork Glass Necklace

I’m par­tic­u­larly excited about this event because  I’ll be deb­ut­ing my brand new Spring into Summer jew­ellery col­lec­tion. It’s called Sand & Sea to reflect the col­ours and mater­i­als used in each piece.

How did this col­lec­tion come about? A much needed hiatus from work (if you can call tak­ing care of a viciously ador­able 7 week old puppy a hol­i­day) presen­ted me with the time and head-space to become re-inspired about  jew­ellery making.

The spark of inspir­a­tion was actu­ally ignited dur­ing our trip to Barcelona last November. However, work com­mit­ments redir­ec­ted my energy and atten­tion. In January the spark was rein­vig­or­ated by the stun­ning Art Deco styles fea­tured in Downton Abbey. As a res­ult I have been ecstat­ic­ally, one might even say manically, cre­at­ing a col­lec­tion of jew­ellery over the past two weeks. Including 10 brace­lets and neck­laces using semi-precious gem­stones, fresh­wa­ter pearls, shells, lamp­work glass beads and but­tons on nylon cord­ing. The designs are all influ­enced by styles and tech­niques made pop­u­lar dur­ing the turn of the last century

Blue Sea Glass Beaded Necklace

Blue Sea Glass Beaded Necklace

On Saturday, 3rd of March from 11am — 5pm, I will be present­ing the new Sea & Sand jew­ellery col­lec­tion along side Ben’s gor­geous post­cards. I will be joined by an array of lov­ingly made house­wares, scarves, bags, cush­ions, art, ador­able baby things, not to men­tion scrummy home made cakes, jams and chut­neys. I sus­pect not a small por­tion of earn­ings will be swiftly re-appropriated to the cake fund. ;-)

If you’re local to Birmingham or plan on vis­it­ing the area we’d love to see you there. With so many crafts people and the farm­ers mar­ket at your fin­ger tips, not to men­tion the Hare & Hound pub and Kitchen Garden Café  just around the corner, you never know what kind of good­ies you’ll find!

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