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Studio Tour

Welcome to the Promises Promises studio! I share my studio with Emma Aitchison of Emma Aichison Jewellery and we've created a beautiful, welcoming and collaborative space to work in. Take a look below to see where each piece of my jewellery is made by me or my assistant Rebecca.

Studio tour 1

One of the best things about our studio is a huge south facing window, which means we get plenty of natural light to work in, and our plant collection is pretty happy.

Studio tour2

I'm always working on improving the studio organisation to get the best balance between practicality and prettiness, these drawers have been great to keep all the bits and pieces easily accessible and neatly stored.

Studio Tour 3

This area is set up for all the metal work with a bench peg, soldering area and all tools to hand. The height of the bench is raised to save our backs while working.

Studio tour 4

The jesmonite casting area is tiled to make it easier to clean and I have a special very messy casting apron to try and save my clothes although it doesn't always work!

Studio tour soldering area

One of the best things about starting to make jewellery is that you can do a lot in a little space, my soldering area is still only a little bigger than an A4 piece of paper.

When I'm designing, I find it easier to have everything in front of me, so every studio has featured a pin board, this is definitely my biggest to date. At the end of each project, I keep a few favourite images and designs on the board and clip the rest together with a bulldog clip to make a sketch book.

Studio Tour 7

Finally this is my designing, dreaming and wrestling with the tax return area. I find it really helpful to be able to turn my back on the making area when I need to focus on something else and am lucky that the studio is big enough to allow it.

The beautiful photos for this tour were taken by Lucie Eleanor Stone - check her out on instagram @lucie_eleanor 

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Muscle Memory

Muscle Memory

Research into each new collection concept is one of my favourite parts of my work, find out more about the story of how my Muscle Memory collection came to life.

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British Library Architectural Jewellery Collection

British Library Architectural Jewellery Collection

I am a huge fan of beautiful buildings, a lot of my work already has architectural influences, so being asked to design a collection inspired by the iconic British Library was a dream project. Starting with a tour of the building, I found so many beautiful details to work into the pieces. I worked in brass, leather and marble jesmonite to reflect the materials used in the building's stunning interior.

Architectural Interior

This photo shows a lovely balance of shapes and layers.

Bannister Image

Brass and leather wrapped bannisters provided a key feature.

Staircase

I love the smooth, flowing shapes of these staircases.

The British Library building was designed by architect Sir Colin St John Wilson, the Library was opened by the Queen in 1998 and achieved Grade 1 listing status in 2015. The truly inspirational thing about this project is what goes on inside, the collection and exploration of a thousand years of thought and insight. It was an honour be involved in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the library in St Pancras, it's still evolving and I look forward to continuing to visit and see where the next 20 years takes it.

Architectural Statement NecklaceArchitectural bangle and ring 

 

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