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Back to earth after the British Trade Craft Fair April 21 2015

Its been a few weeks since I blogged - 

After a bit of time off at Easter I exhibited at the British Craft Trade Fair, an inspiring show full of amazing designers and crafts people with disciplines ranging from stunning jewellery, to beautiful ceramics to gorgeous textiles.

I had a successful show, meeting lots of gallery owners and buyers, and getting lots of great feedback for my work - particularly my new India collection which I'm really pleased about! I've popped a photo of my stand below for you to see...

From paper to metal - new designs revealed.... February 24 2015

My new collection is finally nearly ready for launching. Just few finishing touches before photography session next week, then I can show you the results!

In the meantime here's some design drawings and some part finished pieces on the bench to whet your appetite!

Marsala Magic! January 23 2015

It's official - the colour of 2015 is 'Marsala' a beautiful rich deep red burgundy.

According to Adorn, London, the jewellery and accessories blog, and The Guardian Style magazine, these are the hues to be seen wearing this year. Read this article for more -

I've always loved these shades (also reminiscent of India, which is probably why!) and I'm excited about combining some delicious garnets and rubies into my collections. They work especially well in yellow and rose gold.

Indian inspiration. January 14 2015

I've always held a fascination for Indian surface patterns and motifs. As I mentioned in my last blog post I've been looking at traditional India henna hand tattoos as well as at patterns on sarees and Indian jewellery. So where better than to visit London's 'Little India' to soak up up Indian culture and spend time browsing the jewellery and fabric shops?

Next stop was the V & A where I had a lovely afternoon perusing the South Asian galleries and of course the amazing Jewellery gallery. Here's a couple of pieces which inspired me - delicate gold filigree and granulated (tiny soldered balls of gold) jewellery and textiles from the Mughal empire - gorgeous!

Happy New Year! January 09 2015

I had a lovely relaxing Christmas, energising me for the start of the year!

Its the time of year to be working on new designs. I'm indulging my passion for all things India (especially surface patterns on fabrics and architecture) and I'm particularly interested in Indian henna tattoos at the moment. Some of the designs are so intricate and inspiring, like this one below. You can see more on my pinterest page on my 'Indian Inspired Loveliness' board. In fact, I think I might have to make a trip to Brick Lane to get some more inspiration from the fabric shops up there...