Every month, we focus on a different Designer of the Month to see what inspires them to create and what initially drove them to become a jewellery maker. As we begin a new year, we thought this was a good point to look back at the twelve amazing jewellery makers of 2020 that we were able to interview.
The year started with Derek Prescott, a jewellery maker that whose style is experimental, inspired by nature an easy to wear. Derek started his jewellery making journey in 1969 and has been hooked ever since, working with silver wire and mainly cabochons.
The second month of the year brought Rebecca Blakeway. A jewellery maker that loves the outdoors and recently immigrated to New Zealand. Her style is detailed, yet intricate, chunky and bold. Favouring enamelling and using enamelling techniques. She has been making jewellery for several year and graduated from the Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2015.
The same month that brings the first day of spring, also brought Christine Pearson as Designer of the Month. A jewellery maker that started making jewellery back in the 80s, jewellery that is unusual, bold and encapsulates the wearer of the piece. She adds colour to her metal pieces with enamel, a skill picked up on her degree course.
With Easter came April’s Designer of the Month, Thomas P Cochran. A jewellery maker that is inspired by the beauty of the ocean and the colour blue. Using shells found on the beaches in Mauritius or family travels.
This month’s Design of the Month is a designer from Derbyshire, who mostly works with sterling silver and metal clay. Amanda’s jewellery maker journey started 4 years ago when she attended a silversmith course then went on to complete 3 PMC clay certificates.
With summer came Emma Roy as Designer of the Month. A jewellery maker that started her journey in 2017 and built up a love of working with silver clay with elements of nature and magic. As well as a whimsical element, as shown in her enchanted collection seen in the above image.
Starting jewellery making as a child, led Lydia Taylor to sculpt polymer clay then to move on to paper beads then finally landing on working with copper and silver, as well as sculpting with metal clay. This designer has an eclectic style that is inspired by nature, who enjoys learning more about jewellery making.
Niyanta Shah is August’s Designer of the Month and she specialises in bead weaving and wire wrapping. A few years ago, this jewellery maker made the bold decision to quit her job and do something she loved.
With the end of summer came September’s Designer of the Month – Trisha Wood. A jewellery maker that likes to work with tiny gems, crystals, enamels, silver and resin in a stylish and contemporary style.
In the same month that brings Halloween, Jenny Gartside was our Designer of the Month. A jewellery maker who loves to use gemstones and takes inspiration from what she sees around her. Working with silver mostly but also copper and bronze, sometimes even recycled steel.
Elizabeth Evans or Elizabeth FJE Design is a jewellery maker that loves to create classic and contemporary jewellery, inspired from her Classics and French degree. She likes to use silver, gold and pearls in her designs, as well as ecosilver and brass.
The last Designer of the Month is Charlotte Biba Bouchard, a jewellery maker that originates from Cornwall. She likes to create bold but simple pieces, who now resides in the West Country.
Many thanks to all the jewellery makers that worked with us in 2020, we look forward to creating more content with more designers in 2021