Hi there! Welcome to my first blog post. I have wanted to start a blog for a long time and I am so happy I have finally taken the leap. I think a blog is a fantastic way to get to know someone better, beyond the squares of social media, or my semi-regular newsletters. I want to make this a space where I share some of my experiences as a small business, look back on some exciting events, give you some tips for taking care of your jewellery, and give you a glimpse of the things that inspire me. I’m hoping to publish a blog post around once a month, but just as with my newsletter (which you can sign up to here if you aren’t yet and would like to receive latest news and exclusive discounts!), I will share naturally when I feel I have something interesting or valuable to say.
I thought I would make my first post a little introduction of me and my business journey. My interest in jewellery began in high school, when I used to make little wearable sculptures using PVA glue, sequins and colourful beads. Not much has changed since then, except maybe I have a more sophisticated taste in materials! This early interest led me to study Silversmithing & Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art, where I graduated in 2017. I set up my little jewellery business straight after finishing art school, and it has been much more challenging than I ever expected, but also a lot more rewarding. One of the absolute joy of having an independent business is getting to connect with a lot of fantastic people – fellow makers, show organisers, gallery curators, and of course my lovely customers. I also love being my own boss, setting my own schedule and doing what I love almost every day.
This year, as well as working really hard on my business, I am trying to find better balance generally, as in my first year of business I did not stop for a second and completely burnt myself out by the time Christmas came around. I can’t say I regret it, as working that hard meant I hit the ground running and it generated so many opportunities for me to showcase my work. But I also realise now that days off and a little self-care are vital, not a luxury, and that I am much more passionate about the jewellery when I take some time to do other things that I love too.
After a quieter start to the year, apart from taking part in Craft Festival which you will be able to read about in my next blog post, it’s now starting to get quite busy and I have a lot of exciting exhibitions and shows coming up in the second half of the year, so stay tuned!