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Artist of the Month

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2017
Artist of the month : Leoma Drew

Artist of the month : Leoma Drew

Leoma Drew is one of our most popular jewellers, her designs seems to really speak to our customers. We're excited to share this little interview with Leoma we did, it was such a pleasure.

Leoma Drew is one of our most popular jewellers, her designs seem to really speak to our customers. We're excited to share this little interview with Leoma, it was such a pleasure. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing? I actually first wanted to become a jeweller when I was about 8 years old. I won a local drawing competition and was awarded a ‘fimo Jewellery get set’ of my own choosing. I then became obsessed with making my friends and family jewellery pieces. Where do you get your ideas for the motifs you use in your jewellery? It all started with a butterfly theme. I have a few ranges and they are influenced by each other, becoming more and more abstract. Originally I studied fine art and as my work progressed and developed the butterfly became a predominant symbol that kept presenting itself. The exploration of the butterfly’s shape and form led to small hand crafted sculptural outcomes that would later become a signature style within my Jewellery practice. Leoma drew   Where are you based and does this inspire your work? I am based in Hereford, not such a lively city but one I love for its simplicity and beautiful countryside. Which designers/artists do you admire? There are so many, I’m a big collector of other jewellers work, especially rings and earrings. I have many pieces from Rozie Keogh, John Moore, Tunja Ufer, Chris Boland….the list could go on. However I Mike Gell has been a huge influence during my jewellery career. I have been working for him for 9 years now. I look up to him as a designer, mentor and friend. My favourite artist would be Frida Kahlo. I even have a tattoo of her.       What are you working on right now? I am working on a collection of brooches; I enjoy making these the most because they can be more sculptural. The stones that I’m using are similar to the shapes I use in my other work with simple shadows of detail. What's your finest moment so far? I have had many. But I was particularly proud of myself when I produced the Bulmer’s golden apple trophies. Using different local companies it was really hard work and very stressful, but I was proud of the final result. I even managed to source the wood for the bases from the original oak vats that held the cider in the old factory. I learnt a lot in this process. Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 15.22.32   Where’s your favourite place in the world? Joshua tree in California is the best place that I have visited. We drove for miles through it and it was beautiful. Saying that; there is no place like home. What advice do you have for aspiring designers? Enjoy what you do. If you don’t then it will be even harder for your work to become a success. I also believe that hard work does pay off, and when you first start to sell, invest this back into materials. Only buys tools as and when you need them and good clean images on a white background always work the best.      

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Thrashion

Thrashion

Thrashion started making jewellery out of recycled skateboards in 2007 and is now an award winning company based in Cornwall, England. Thrashion started with a light bulb moment when clearing out an attic and finding some old skateboards.

The first product to be created by Thrashion was a bangle and it’s grown from there. The pieces are made from broken skateboards and are used in their original state incorporating every scratch and sticker.

Each product is handmade and completely unique. Designs are produced in limited numbers and often not available after this time. Thrashion pride themselves on being an eco friendly brand, all the materials are from within the UK and they try to use every part of the skateboard to minimise waste.

Tom Pigeon

Tom Pigeon

Artist of the Month
Tom Pigeon is a creative studio founded by Kirsty and Pete Thomas in 2014. They met and started working as designers in the early 1990s and have worked across design disciplines, for small companies and big business, designing all kinds of stuff for many different people. As Tom Pigeon Pete and Kirsty design simple things for people to enjoy including prints, jewellery and stationery as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. Their work is exhibited and sold across the world.
True Grace

True Grace

Artist of the Month

Founded in 1991 by husband and wife team Philippa Nolan and Roger Biles, True Grace introduces wonder, romance and sophistication with their collection of elemental scented candles. These evocative candles range from the beauty and style of a country house to the fresh, invigorating scents of the great outdoors. All of True Grace's designs are hand-made in the inspirational beauty of Wiltshire, England, using the finest natural ingredients including rapeseed, beeswax and their secret ingredient to create a forty-hour burn time and the highest scent content on the market today.

Vanessa Conyers

Vanessa Conyers

Vanessa Conyers studied ceramics at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. She is now based in Dorset where she creates distinctive, delicately wrapped ceramics with luxurious and vibrantly illustrated surfaces. Each piece is skilfully assembled from fine earthenware clay inscribed with vintage lace and fabrics. Layers of paint, mono-print, and glaze are embellished with enamel decals and lashings of gold lustre and mother of pearl, and each piece is fired at least four times to achieve its smooth iridescent finish.

Her work carries a sense of nostalgia, inviting the beholder into an Alice in Wonderland style world of the fantastic and the beautiful. The collections can be used (with an air of indulgent luxury), or simply treasured as heirlooms, admired for their quaint nostalgia and unique elegance.

Whinberry & Antler

Whinberry & Antler

Artist of the Month

Whinberry & Antler design and print their collection by hand to create design led textiles and homeware inspired by heritage style and British wildlife. Established in 2011 by Jacinta Walton, Whinberry & Antler has developed its distinctive brand to create a range of exclusive products for the modern country home.

A company born from a passion for drawing and the British countryside, each illustration is hand drawn by Jacinta, creating a truly signature look. The company name itself pays tribute to the Shropshire hills, home of the Whinberry that inspired Jacinta. Crafted entirely within the UK, the natural cottons are woven in Yorkshire and screen printing is carried out by Jacinta herself from her studio near Frome in rural Somerset.

Combining a clean contemporary feel with traditional illustrative style, Jacinta’s drawings are truly brought to life with vivid detail and delicate expressions. From the iconic stance of the Stag through to the sulky meadow Hare, her prints capture the story of the countryside. Each illustration is then carefully transferred onto a silk screen before being hand pulled in black ink onto the signature natural cotton fabrics. The printed textiles are then transformed into a range of cushions, lampshades, napkins and more by Jacinta in her studio.