Birthday Interviews Pt 4: Carrie Maclennan

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Next in our line up of interviews with our super duper zine contributors is the wonderful Carrie Maclennan, previously of Made In The Shade and The Maisonette in Glasgow, now of her hilarious blog Not The Kind Of Girl You’d Marry (and some other lucky lot in London).

Hannah Zakari is such a big fan of Carrie’s writing, and I’ve been unusually persuasive and manged to have her contribute a piece to our last 2 zines! You can read Carrie’s latest article about her favourite birthday (her 10th, natch) in this edition of the zine (find out how to get your hands on one here).

Here’s how Carrie answered our 10 questions birthday interviews…

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Carrie

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

When I was little, maybe about 4, I wanted to be a stripper. Can you imagine? And, on the basis that I enjoyed playing with plasticine and gooey stuff, I thought at one stage I wanted to be a butcher. That passed quite quickly. Of course, there were various moments at different ages when I wanted to be a singer or a musician and by the time I was 13 or so, I talked a lot about becoming a journalist. Or a psychologist. Or a journalist. Or a psychologist.  Or a journalist.

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?

I have to pick one? Nope, can’t do that!  I tend to gravitate to bright green a lot and to electric blue. I also love yellow. And shocking pink. And red. And orange. Mmmm, those three clashed together, preferably. I like quite loud, shouty colours so when it comes to discussing design at work, for instance, I need to remember that not everyone else does!  Sometimes I need to work hard to convince people to break the ‘rules’ of colour! Don’t get me wrong, I do like ‘matchy matchy’ and by god I love a colour wheel, but I get most excited about colour combinations that are a bit ‘wrong’, a little bit difficult to look at!  

Tea or coffee?

Tea.  Always tea. 

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I’d like to be a rock star.  Or an actress. I’d like to open another shop. Or a super-fun B&B somewhere lovely. I’d like to write all the live long day and print as many magazines about as many things as I liked. I’d do a lot of things. 

What’s your best fashion tip for a timeless look?

I’m pretty sure my look isn’t timeless – but I’m not sure I want it it to be. Wear all the colours. 

Wear all the colours.

Wear all the colours.

If you had to predict the next next trend for fashion, what do you think it would be?

I think I gave up caring too much about fashion trends a long time ago – though I am rather enjoying the latest incarnation of the metallic theme and I am also loving the resurgence of (faux) fur.  When I was about 16, my black Miss Selfridge fur-fronted cardigan was one of my favourite things. I wore it well in to my twenties. Actually, I’m now wondering what happened to it… As for future trends, I reckon it can’t be long before elasticated waists become the next big fashion thing.  Fingers crossed. 

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

When I’m working at home, I usually listen to 6music – all day. When I work from the office, I tend to plug in to my Spotify account.  I recently bought some very special headphones so ‘plugging in’ is a real joy. Yesterday I listened to Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’ on loop for about 8 hours. Today I’ve listened to First Aid Kit, ABBA, Connie Francis, MC Hammer and The Everly Brothers. I like to jiggle around in my chair when I write. Music’s very important. 

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

I bloody love Calamity Jane.  I also bloody love The Jolson Story – though I’m not sure if that’s particularly ‘feel good’. Oh – and I find myself watching Crazy Stupid Love more regularly than is normal.


14. Cats or dogs?

Cats!  My cat is called Bruce.  I’m quite sure I love him more than he loves me, but that’s ok. I am scared of dogs. Well, I am scared of dogs I reckon could kill me – or I suspect might try to kill me. 

Bruce the Cat

Bruce the Cat

Thanks Carrie!

New Designer: Each To Own

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I love sparkly things and I love Australian designers, put the two together and you get something that I love so much I look like a walking glitter explosion!

Each to Own is made by the lovely Kirstin Devitt at her home studio in Brisbane. After admiring her pieces on Etsy for a long time I thought it was about time we get them in our wee shoppe.

Here’s some of my favourite pieces from the collection…

Poppy Lush Drops

Poppy Lush Drops

 

Lush Glitter Scallop Necklace

Lush Glitter Scallop Necklace

 

Sunny Scallop Necklace

Sunny Scallop Necklace

 

Lush Glitter Pineapple Brooch

Lush Glitter Pineapple Brooch

You can browse and buy the whole collection of sparkly goodness with pineapples, hearts, clouds, little rocks, statement jewellery and more on the Each To Own designers page at Hannah Zakari.

Birthday Interviews Pt 3: Marceline from Asking For Trouble

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Asking for Trouble is my favourite purveyor of kawaii characters, it seems like Marceline can make anything cute – from a planet to an aubergine!

Since we also both have a love of Japan I asked Marceline to contribute her top 10 tips on what to do in Tokyo for our 10th Birthday Zine, and I can’t wait to put some of them into action on my next visit.

Of course we asked Marceline to answer our 10 questions interview and here are her replies…

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I wanted to be an astronaut! My parents let me stay up to see Halley’s comet when I was 11 and I still have my lovely vintage Japanese telescope I got for Christmas a year or two later. There’s little chance I’ll make into space now, but I can at least draw the Solar System.

Marceline can make anything cute!

Marceline can make anything cute!

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?

My favourite colour is grey, so that really doesn’t work with my kawaii designs. I find I always default to blue but I also like to combine lots of bright colours in my artwork, as well as my outfits and home decoration.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

Japan. Always Japan. I miss Tokyo so badly, but I would also like to visit Kagoshima on the southern island – it’s sub-tropical and has an active volcano – what more do you need?

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live?

I’ve only lived in Helensburgh for 7 months but it’s got to be the seafront. The views over the Clyde are lovely in all weathers, the Waverley paddle steamer stops by in the summer and there are multiple ice cream parlours (try Dino’s), chip shops and charity shops.

Helensburgh Sea Front

Helensburgh Sea Front

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

I’m half Dutch and my family’s windmill Het Pink (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het_Pink) is a working museum in Zaandam. You can even view a bust of my Great-Great-Grandfather in the windmill museum!

Marceline's Family WIndmill - Het Pink

Marceline’s Family Windmill – Het Pink

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I would like to work in an antiquarian bookshop or a very specialist library so that I could spend all day reading about 1950s expeditions and studying out of date maps.

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

I find English lyrics extremely distracting when I’m trying to work so I mostly listen to J-Pop (Perfume, Capsule, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) and instrumental bands (Mogwai, Errors, Tortoise).

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?

Far too many to mention! If I had to pick one, I’d go with Bill Drummond, who’s been such an amazing cantankerous hero of mine for decades. He doesn’t directly inspire my work, but he reminds me that making art is a form of madness and that you should never follow the rules if you’ve got a better idea.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Probably My Neighbour Totoro. I saw it at the cinema about ten years ago and was completely charmed and then spent many hours trying to win a copy of the DVD off eBay. I love all the Ghibli films and can watch them endlessly but Totoro is so simple and perfect.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?

Say aye tae a pie!

I must say I loved these answers, especially the windmill one! How cool is that?!

Remember you can get a copy of our zine – find out how >here< and you can visit Asking For Trouble at http://www.askingfortrouble.org/

Rachael x

10 Fun Space Facts with Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

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Eclectic Eccentricity are one of our ‘oldest’ designers at Hannah Zakari and we’ve been stocking their beautiful jewellery since 2008. We love their inspired designs, but also loved that Lucy gave up a career in Astrophysics to pursue her jewellery making dream!

We asked Lucy to contribute 10 fun space facts to include in our birthday zine and here’s the extended version of her facts!

I Just Need Some Space, Man.

I Just Need Some Space, Man.

There are 10 times more stars in the visible universe than there are grains of sand on all of Earth’s beaches and deserts. At the other end of the scale, a single grain of sand has more atoms than there are stars in the visible universe.

Venus has a longer day than it does a year – it completes one orbit of the Sun in less time than it takes to complete one full rotation on its axis. Venus is also the only planet within our solar system to rotate on its axis in a clockwise motion, known as a retrograde rotation.

The sun doesn’t actually burn (which would require oxygen); instead it glows. Heat is generated by a nuclear reaction where hydrogen is fused into helium. It’s going at quite the rate with the core releasing the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs every second.

The universe is 13.8 billion years old. To put that into perspective, if all of time until now was represented as one year with the Big Bang occurring at midnight on January 1st, then humans would only show up to the party at 10.30pm on December 31st.

Looking up at the stars is like looking back in time – due to the time it takes for their light to reach us, what we’re actually seeing is what the object looked like hundreds or thousands of years ago. The most famous example is the ‘Pillars of Creation’ image of the Eagle nebula, photographed by Hubble back in 1995. These beautiful gas clouds were actually destroyed by a supernova approximately 6000 years ago, but it will take another 1000 years for us to see this destruction take place.

Despite what Stars Wars would have you believe, traveling through an asteroid field is actually quite safe. Our asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, has a total combined mass of only 4% the mass of the Moon; in fact of that total mass, most is made up of just four asteroids with the remainder being tiny tennis ball sized meteroids which are hundreds of thousands of miles apart. Even the four large asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, and Hygiea) will only have, on average, one collision every ten million years.

There is a diamond star called ‘Lucy’ (or more technically, BPM 37093, a collapsed star located 50 light years from Earth). Discovered in 2004, the star is 10 billion trillion trillion carats and is 4,000km across.

Despite venturing to the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts still had to clear customs upon their return to Earth. Arriving at Honolulu airport, they declared Moon rock and Moon dust samples as their cargo and listed their departure point as the Moon.

There is no such thing as a ‘dark side of the moon’. Due to tidal locking, the moon rotates on its axis in roughly the same time as it takes to complete an orbit of the Earth. Because of this, we always see the same side of the moon pointing towards us. However, the side we don’t see will still receive sunlight – it’s not a cold barren place after all!

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is on a collision course with our cosmic neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. Although we’re speeding towards each other at 402,000 km an hour we don’t have to worry about our meet up for another 4 billion years. Even then, due to the distances between stars within each galaxy, very few will actually collide so statistically speaking, we’re quite safe.

If you’d like a copy of the zine to see Lucy’s illustrated contribution and all the other wonderful stuff, you can find out how to get your mitts on one here.

We’ll have in interview with coming up very soon indeed so keep your peepers peeled!

Rachael x

Birthday Interviews Pt 2: Kate Broughton

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Next up in our birthday zine contributors interview is Kate Broughton (the Kates are good at speedy replies!)

Kate adapted one of our favourite illustrations, The Classic Cocktails, into a special HZ cocktail crawl version – how cool is that! We asked Kate 10 questions and here’s what she replied…

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Did you have a childhood career ambition?
My dad used to be an art lecturer and sometimes when I was off school I would go into work with him, my older sister and brother both did art degrees too, so all I ever wanted to be was an art student, I never even thought beyond that.

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?
Green is my favourite colour, it features in my designs quite a bit. Depending on what I’m working on I go through phases of other colours but I always seem to come back to green.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. My brother is living in South Korea at the moment so sometime in the next couple of years we’re going to do a trip over and visit Japan too, I can’t wait!

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live?

This year I moved back to my home town of Otley, in West Yorkshire, there are loads of nice pubs worth a visit, but my favourite place of all is the top of the Chevin (a big hill on one side of the town), the views are lovely.

Chevin

Chevin

Tea or coffee?
Coffee!! An espresso always makes me feel like I’m on holiday!

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?
I would love to work with wildlife, maybe on a nature reserve or something.

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?
I share a studio at home with my boyfriend and we usually listen to 6 music, it stops us from fighting over what to play next.

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?

My dad, he’s an illustrator and he does very detailed pen drawings, mainly of gardens/landscapes. He draws constantly, he’s got piles and piles of full sketchbooks and now he draws on his iPad too!

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?
Ooh I really don’t think I could choose just one, here’s three instead: Labyrinth, Dazed and Confused and The Life Aquatic.

Cats or dogs?
Cats, definitely cats, I grew up with them and I really really want to get one (or two) but we’re not allowed them in our rented house :(

Thanks Kate B! You can visit Kate online at www.katebroughton.co.uk or at the HZ Webshoppe.

Birthday interviews… Pt 1: Kate Rowland

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Ooh, so today is the the day that Hannah Zakari officially turns 10 years old, how exciting! By now some of you have a copy of our zine, and if you don’t that link tells you how to get one just by emailing us!

In addition to contributing to the zine some of our brilliant designers and friends have done a little interview with us – 10 questions, natch – and we’ll be sharing them with you over the next week or so. We’re starting off with the fab Kate Rowland who did a wonderful illustration of her top 10 party guests for the zine…

Kate in her studio.

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I wanted to be an archaeologist (Indiana Jones) or a pilot in the RAF. I actually went to air cadets for a few years before I realised it wasn’t for me!

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

I have big dreams of a trip around Japan (this is mostly due to my love of their food, the beautiful landscapes and reading Haruki Murakami novels). 

Tea or coffee?

Peppermint tea!

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I’ve always thought that being in the police would be interesting and challenging. I can’t imagine not drawing or making anything though.

What’s your best fashion tip for a timeless look?

I’m definitely not one for fashion tips (most of my friends would agree!) so I’d say – don’t worry about fashion or trend, just wear whatever makes you happy. Happiness is timeless!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

Most days I listen to BBC6 Music as it’s relaxed, interesting and I like that it’s not playlisted. I don’t have one favourite artist (I’m too indecisive), but my sister recently recommended Paul Thomas Saunders, and his album ‘Beautiful Desolation’ is dreamy.

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?

It must sound odd, but I don’t really have a favourite artist or creative. I tend to be more inspired by my other interests than looking within the creative world. I’ve been reading about Beryl Burton recently, who was a champion road cyclist around the 1960s. She was an amazing woman! 

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Fantasic Mr Fox (directed by Wes Anderson). The filmic style makes me feel like a child again; I love how it looks so tangible, like you could step right into the set. 

Cats or dogs?

Cats. They are so chilled out.

Thanks Kate!

 You can visit Kate online at www.katerowland.co.uk or at the HZ Webshoppe.

Our 10th Birthday Zine!

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Wowee!  Can hardly believe that it’s been a 10 whole years ago that I started Hannah Zakari from my spare room in Glasgow! But how to celebrate this momentous occasion, I asked myself?! It seemed like a new zine was the obvious solution, so that’s what we’ve done.

The zine is free to all of our wonderful customers far and wide! All you need to do is email me – rachael@hz.co.uk – with the subject line ‘Happy Birthday’ let me know your name and address and I shall pop one in the post to you asap.

The zine includes some fun party activities and  I’d love to know your thoughts via Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #10thbirthdayzine. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

Pretty confetti front cover!

Pretty confetti front cover!

 

10 friends/designers/illustrators have taken part!

10 friends/designers/illustrators have taken part!

 

HZ Shoppe Girl Steph has written about her 10 favourite party foods. Illustrated perfectly by Gemma Correll.

HZ Shoppe Girl Steph has written about her 10 favourite party foods. Illustrated perfectly by Gemma Correll.

 

There's an awesome illustrated Cocktail Crawl you can take part in!

There’s an awesome illustrated Cocktail Crawl you can take part in!

 

The awesome peeps at I AM Acrylic have created a cut out and keep 'Hannah Zakari World' - how cool is that?!

The awesome peeps at I Am Acrylic have created a cut out and keep ‘Hannah Zakari World’ – how cool is that?!

 

Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity tells us her top 10 fun space facts!

Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity tells us her top 10 fun space facts!

 

Leona from Lucky Dip Club has some cute budgies to decorate your cakes!

Leona from Lucky Dip Club has some cute budgies to decorate your cakes!

And so much more!!!

This 10th birthday zine is full of stuff from some of our ‘oldest’ friends and designers, previous collaborators and lovely friends. Thank you to all of them for taking part, you rock!

Love to you all!

Rachael xx

Cozy Autumn Days

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Hi friends!

As is customary for me when the cold blustery days of autumn are fast approaching, I have begun mentally planning my long, holed-up indoor days, and, as usual, they look glorious from where I’m sitting. I just got a cat (I know!!!) and I can think of nothing better than staying on the couch all day long crafting with her purring by my side and a steamy cup of peppermint tea. But wait- oh no… because I spend all my time fantasizing about sitting on the couch, and none of it actually preparing for said sitting, it looks like I have no peppermint tea left!! Guess I have to run to the shop and stock up to make this day a reality. No big deal, I might have to go outside, but that doesn’t mean I can’t brag about my Stay Home Club membership while I’m out! ;) Proud craft nerds unite.

 

polyvoreYou And Me And The Cat Print by Ashley G, Pom Pom Hat by Hilary Grant, Unexpected Item Tote by Totes Amazed, Crafty Badges by Kate Broughton, Stay Home Club Pullover by Stay Home Club

All available in our online shoppe!

Interview with Olivia Mew, Stay Home Club.

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Cancel all your plans, draw the curtains, put on your slippers and make a cup of tea. We spoke to Olivia Mew, illustrator, designer and founder of Stay Home Club…

Can you tell us a bit about your background? Have you always been creative?

I’ve always preferred to hole up and doodle rather than, say, play team sports. So yes, I guess so!

 

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Olivia’s illustration unites grumpy-faced girls everywhere!

What inspires you creatively?

You know when Matthew McConaughey made that dumb Oscars speech about how his future self was his hero? Well, in a similarly douchey way, my past (teenaged, angst-ridden) self is kind of my creative inspiration. 

We love that we stock designers from all over the world. How  does your location relate to your work and lifestyle?

Montreal remains quite an inexpensive city to live in, so that certainly relates to my lifestyle. If I lived in New York City I would probably have to have a million roommates. I’m also surrounded by some pretty incredible pals, many of whom are self employed and constantly motivate me. The low rent prices here definitely attract a lot of talented people who are determined to make a go of it.

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Stay Home Club Pennant.

What is an average working day like for you?

I’m lucky enough to have two “jobs” – freelance illustration and running Stay Home Club. So I get to switch it up between admin work for the site, order packing, etc and long days of drawing. 

How important is collaboration and a sense of community to yourself and to Stay at Home Club?

The pseudo community that has built itself around Stay Home Club has amazed and delighted me. As a bit of a solitary person, I’ve never been too interested in that kind of thing, but through SHC I’ve come into contact with so many like-minded people and it makes me so happy. So at this point it’s quite important!

How do you like to spend your time when you’re not working? 

Floppin’.

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Part of team SHC, floppin’ in a SHC jersey.

SHC has developed a bit of a cult following around the world – are you surprised by the amount of people who wish to celebrate being anti-social and grumpy?!

I’m flattered that you think we have a cult following! It has totally surprised me how many people *totally* get it. None of us knew the others existed before because we weren’t going out and meeting each other!

What makes you most disgruntled?

Canada Post. 

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Set of Wrapping Paper with Dsigruntled Face. £7.00.

 

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Disgruntled Tee. £20.

We heard a rumour that you’re planning on eating pizza at your forthcoming wedding? We love this – tell us more..!

Indeed! Pizza buffet, doughnuts for dessert. What more is there to say?!

If you had to choose between only cats or only pizza – which would it be?

This is an impossible choice. I’ll have to choose death.

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Stay Home Tee. £23.

Is there a design or an item that you’ve made that you’re most proud of?

I wear various items emblazoned with “Awful” the most. I think that image appeals to my sense of self-deprecation really accurately. 

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Hanging out at home in SHC designs. Awful sweatshirt £35.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out in business again?

WRITE OFF EVERYTHING! Keep all your receipts and keep track of those expenses or you’ll regret it come tax time.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Hopefully still doing Stay Home Club, with a handful of extra people helping me out so I can put a little more time into the creative side of things.

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Gemma Correll’s collaboration with Stay Home Club. A dog-based update to the original cat design.

 

We hope you enjoyed our interview with Olivia, if you’re inspired to join us Stay Home Clubbers, you can buy our current collection of Stay Home Club apparel online here and in our  bricks and mortar Edinburgh Shoppe!

 

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New in stock and available to buy online! The current range of Stay Home Club Apparel we have at Hannah Zakari.

We Dream In Colour

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We have a great new range in stock by We Dream In Colour. Heading up two small studios in North Boston (Salem and Essex), Jade Gedeon designs beautiful organic and geometric inspired designs crafted from brass and using their signature verdigris, patinated finish. Having stocked her previous work, we were delighted with the reaction we’ve had to her new collection over the summer and now have lots of lovely new pieces in stock in the Shoppe and online.

 

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A laid-back, casual style inspired by nature, with a hint of verdigris jewellery by We Dream In Colour.

Here are a few favourites of mine:

The Nala Necklace combines patterned scalloped-shaped pieces with a subtle hammered pattern, splashed with verdigris giving a elegant twist to a tribal style design. The co-ordinating Nala Earrings also look great with their brass chain drop feature.

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Nala Necklace. £55.

 

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Nala Earrings, £28.

 

 

These unusual little Mika Stud Earrings are really cute, and I love the delicate detailing of the leaves.

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Mika Stud Earrings. £22.

 

I love the detailing and finish of the Verdigris Tulip Necklace  and with a nice weight, it hangs really well. Great with a dress or floral shirt, the tulips create quite a pleasing light jingling sound!

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Verdigris Tulip Necklace. £65.

 

I really love the simple elegance of the Santorini Necklace, a crescent shape with a gently hammered finish and then an ombre-style verdigris style, a necklace I can’t resist adding to my own personal HZ collection!

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Santorini Necklace. £29.

 

 

And finally, the last of my pick of favourites these Arie Earrings have an unusual abstract shape, slightly reminiscent of a cheeseplant!

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Arie Earrings. £25.

 

Have a look at our full We Dream In Colour range here.