IJL 2014 – Day 3 - Exciting New Young Talent from Kent
03 Sep, 2014
Meeting and hearing inspirational people who are very successful in their particular business was all part of the incredible experience of IJL 2014, but meeting other new designers was an honour as in the UK we have some exceptional talented jewellery designers.
The jewellery on show in the Design Gallery was of a very high standard. The great news was that every designer’s jewellery was...
IJL 2014 Day 2 - Jesper Nielsen - Legend of Pandora, Europe
01 Sep, 2014
Day 2 at the IJL and I had the chance to listen to a seminar in the Inspiration Theatre from the very funny and engaging, Jesper Nielsen. Jesper was the driving force behind the European Pandora distributorship which he sold a couple of years ago for $270m. He took the brand from one very few people had heard about, into one of the most iconic brands I have seen, not just here in the UK but all...
Living my Dream - Exhibiting at IJL 2014
22 Aug, 2014
Five years ago, I embarked upon a silver jewellery making course at the Adult Education Centre in Tunbridge Wells under the inspirational guidance of Sue Martin Shipp. This new path has changed my life completely. I left my job in the City to bring up three wonderful children and had been seeking a creative outlet which would give more 'me time'. The course enabled me to develop new skills...
The Woodlands Collection - Inspired by the Natural Beauty of Kent’s Heritage
31 Jul, 2014
Behind the Scenes, Inspiration
Kent is known as the Garden of England and was famous for the growing of hops. Each September when the hops were ready to be picked, workers/families came down to Kent, stayed in huts on the farm and worked in the hop gardens for 6 weeks. Victorian Londoners who lived in a dirty, polluted city would see it as a holiday in the country. Often the same families would come 'hopping down in Kent'...