British Designers

New Designers at Hannah Zakari – Lisa Junius and Mood Good!

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Hannah Zakari has two amazing new designers!

It’s always super exciting when we receive new stock, and doubly so when that stock is from a new designer! That’s why we were thrilled recently to open parcels from illustrator Lisa Junius and jewellery designer Mood Good. Both designers are new to Hannah Zakari, and we think you’re going to love their work!

Lisa Junius

First to arrive was a delivery from the amazing Lisa Junius! Lisa is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and designer from Luxembourg. Her work is beautiful and dreamy, and uses a blue and white colour palette reminiscent of classic porcelain designs. It often depicts women in meditative poses amongst the stars, their calm expressions giving this artist’s work a peaceful feel.

Here at Hannah Zakari we have a range of Lisa’s enamel pins and patches. Each one is a tiny work of art you can carry with you everywhere; we hope you love them as much as we do!

A round white enamel moon badge with a girl’s faceLuna Enamel Pin

 

An enamel lapel pin badge featuring a nude girl with blue hairCosmic Girl Enamel Pin

 

An embroidered patch with a nude lady and the slogan, One With The StarsOne With The Stars Embroidered Patch

Our full range of Lisa Junius products is available now on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe.

Mood Good

We are also excited to introduce our second new designer, Mood Good! Mood Good’s aim is to produce quality jewellery that you’ll want to wear everywhere and with everything. Their pretty necklaces and rings are made in London and have a youthful feel that we love!

Our highlights from the range are the romantic Hand and Rose Necklace and the customisable Lucky Banner Ring. If you’re looking for a timeless piece of jewellery for a special birthday gift then we think Mood Good’s work is ideal!

 

Gold hand and rose pendantHand And Rose Charm Necklace

 

Gold banner ring reading LuckyLucky Banner Personalised Name Ring

 

Gold necklace with heart and good luck charm symbols, and the word LuckyLuck and Love Personalised Gold Coin Necklace

Visit our webshoppe to see the rest of our Mood Good range and to get more information on ordering their personalised jewellery!

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Wolf & Moon – Collection No. 8!

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A New Collection by Wolf & Moon!

We’re overjoyed to announce that the new collection by Wolf & Moon, Collection No. 8, has hit the Hannah Zakari shelves! The brand new range is every bit as beautiful as we’ve come to expect from this contemporary British designer, and we’re absolutely loving it.

Collection No. 8 builds on Wolf & Moon’s signature geometric style by mixing things up with fluid, organic shapes. The lovely, rounded Cloud Necklace and matching Cloud Earrings are a perfect example of this! Their blue curves have enchanted us all here at Hannah Zakari, so you can expect to see us wearing them to brighten up a rainy day soon.

These lovely pieces of jewellery have been inspired by the 20th century abstract art of figures such as Barbara Hepworth and Jean Arp. Their modern, quirky feel means that it’s easy to envisage them being worn to a gallery or exhibition opening!

Here are a few of our favourite pieces from the new collection. Which do you like best?

Collection No. 8

Large cobalt blue cloud wooden statement necklaceCloud Necklace

Blue rounded rain cloud shaped statement wooden earringsCloud Earrings

Statement necklace in abstract wood and brass shapesSculpture Necklace

Set of four abstract stud earrings in natural and hand painted neutral coloured wood and brassSculpture Stud Earrings

Geometric brass and wood pendant necklace with circle, semicircle and line shapes.Dawn Necklace

Dawn hoop geometric statements earrings with circle, semicircle and line shapesDawn Hoop Earrings

You can find all of these beautiful pieces and more in our Wolf & Moon collection on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

Wolf And Moon is created by British artist and Goldsmiths College graduate Hannah Davis. She works with a small team in her East London studio to produce all of Wolf & Moon’s jewellery by hand.

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New Designer at HZ: Pirrip Press Cards and Stationery

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New Cards and Stationery at Hannah Zakari!

We love stationery, bold graphics, cute pastel colours, and mystic vibes at Hannah Zakari the new collection from Pirrip Press is the perfect addition to the Hannah Zakari stationery department! Introducing a range of spellbinding notebooks, screen printed greetings cards and cute as a button badges.

About Pirrip Press

Pirrip Press is an illustration duo founded by Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome. They have a wonderful shop on the adorably named Christmas Steps in Bristol, UK, where they run their design and print studio.  Alexandra and Georgina each have their own illustration and design practise, and work together on Pirrip Press to create stationery, apparel, art and other printed empherea

You can buy a range of Pirrip’s printed cards and other stationery at Hannah Zakari both online and in our real life shop in Edinburgh. Here’s our perfect pick from Pirrip’s range…

 

Mystic Powers Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Mystic Powers Card £2.50

Basic Witch Card Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Basic Witch Card £2.50

Friendly Moon Stargazer Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Friendly Moon Card £2.50

Love Potion Bottle Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Love Potion Card £2.50

Magic Vibes Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Magic Vibes Card £2.50

Perfect Posy Floral Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Perfect Posy Card £2.50

Spells Notebook with Hand Illustration. Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Spells Notebook £3.50

Sisterhood Button Badge from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Sisterhood Badge £1.00

What do you think of our latest stationery and card additions from Pirrip? We hope you like our picks, we’re really excited to introduce this range and have so much coming up over the next few months – yay!

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Designer Interview – Scout Editions

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Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs!

Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs are the hallmarks of the Scout Editions collection! The creation of sister and brother team Pui and Wai, this East London based art and design collective is known for their fun range of illustrated cards, prints and enamel pins. Their designs are inspired by travel and storytelling, and at Hannah Zakari we always look forward to seeing what new ideas they explore in each new collection.

In this Designer Interview, we spoke to Pui from Scout Editions about her influences, her design process and the merits of collaborating with other designers (and with a sibling!).

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What does an average working day in the Scout Editions studio look like?

Each day varies, no one is the same which is nice and keeps things interesting. I usually start from about 9 am and grab some breakfast and eat as I check my emails. Then I would maybe continue illustrating and developing the new collection, which we’re hoping to launch in May. As we’re developing the new range at the moment I like to take time to research sampling and materials, so this may involve visiting suppliers.

If I find I’m not feeling so productive, I try to nip out for some inspiration and catch up on an exhibition or see friends for a catch up, it usually does the trick, some fresh air and a change of scenery. I also work on freelance commissioned design projects; this may be a packaging design, branding project or illustration brief.

Wai is based in Hertfordshire, so we’re not in the same space. He organises all our online and trade orders. His day would involve sorting through and packing orders and making sure they are posted out. Also checking on stock etc.

If we have a trade show coming up, we both have tasks to do to prepare for the show. I would be getting the designs and products finished and ready whilst Wai would be gathering fixtures etc for the stand, like shelves, paint etc and thinking about display.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Office Photograph

Do you listen to music while you work? What kind?

I do listen to music while I work. I love music! It varies from acoustic and folk to current music.

It also depends on my mood and what I’m doing in the studio. So if I have a tight deadline, I may put on something more upbeat and fun to keep me going. Generally I put on Spotify and listen to a lot of melancholic tunes, as its easy listening and relaxing.

Lately I’ve been getting into a lot podcasts too like ‘Femme’ by Daisy Lowe. Its really chatty and laid-back, if feels like you’re eavesdropping someones conversation which is fun to listen to.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Photo of Greetings Card Range

A lot of people would balk at the idea of working with their siblings! How is it working as a brother and sister duo? Do you think there are more Scout Editions arguements than unrelated creative teams?

Ha! Yes I know what you mean. I think a few years back we wouldn’t have dreamt of working together, but somehow it works now. I think also as we work from two separate spaces, it helps as we both get to have our own space to create and come together when we need to chat through ideas etc.We’re both quite calm and patient so I think that helps.

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You often collaborate with other designers and companies to create new work. How do these collaborations come about, and is there anything you particularly enjoy about working with other brands?

We first set up this brand and platform as we wanted to work with other independent brands and designers. We wanted it to be a melting pot of experimentation and play. Throughout the years we’ve had the privilege to work with some fun and talented people, some of whom have become great friends. Some collaborations just came naturally, like when we met Plain Pins, we knew them from doing Christmas markets a few years back. And Anna Wiscombe, we met at Renegade Craft Fair and we got talking and became friends and did a collaboration. Then there are some brands like Anthropologie, Tobias & The Bear who got in contact with us to do something, which is always really nice and they had seen us on Instagram.

We love working with all sorts of brands and designers. As it usually is in the realm of something we’re not experienced in, for example wood, clothing etc. So we get an insight into how people do things which is a challenge and always good fun.

Scout Editions enamel pins are super popular here at HZ! How do you decide on a new pin design?

Thank you! Yes our pins are probably one of our best sellers in our collection. We usually decide on a theme for the overall collection first and start designing the mini cards, prints etc. It’s then that we decide which illustration would look good small as our new pin. It might mean reducing our illustrations down to the size of a pin and seeing what works, as sometimes an illustration on a big print might not work small for a pin. So there’s a lot of reducing and cutting and pasting to see what works best.

If there are too many designs we want to make, which sometimes is the case, we tend to show our nieces and nephew and ask their opinion. They are very honest, there’s no holding back!

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Enamel Pins on Denim Jacket Photograph

You say on the Scout Editions website that you like to experiment with new formats and techniques. Do you have anything in mind that you’d like to try next?

Yes we love to experiment with formats and layouts, although not so much at the moment. When we first started out, we were creating cards in different formats, like concertina fold out tall cards etc. Although it was loved by shops, the feedback was that it was tricky to display on shop shelves. So we took on the feedback, and created products that are easier and more practical to display. We also created origami folded shirt cards. They sold so well, but we realised that in the long run, it probably wasn’t economical with our time if we had a huge order as each one is folded by hand and would take too long to make just one card. We love playing with scale too, creating mini cards and then super size screen prints and love the contrast in sizes.

Our work is mainly in paper, however would love to work with wood or ceramics. This may take a bit more time as we’re not experienced in these materials, so will need to do a bit more research and seek specialists in these areas.

Would you say there are any other designers, illustrators or artists who have particularly inspired you?

We get inspired everyday. However we do always go back to our all time favourites like Saul Bass, Charley Harper. And artists like Jean Michel Basquait and Andy Warhol.

As I’m a Graphic Designer as well as an Illustrator so I tend to get drawn to simple, graphic illustrations. There are a lot of inspiring and interesting designers and makers out there at the moment, I think I would find it too tricky to choose just one.

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

I would say stay focused and try to develop your own style. Try your best not get too influenced by current trends. Its good to take time to develop and grow your own direction, as this will lead to longevity and will make your work more memorable. However I do sometimes get influenced by the seasons colour palette etc, but I try to tailor it so it fits within what I do.

We think its also good to keep an open mind too, and see what everyone else is doing, so that you can see the bigger picture and where you sit amongst it.

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A big thank you to Pui for talking to us and giving us such a great insight into the workings of Scout Editions! We can’t wait to see the new collection when it comes out.

In the mean time, here are a few of our favourite Scout Editions designs in the HZ shoppe:

Four Leaf Clover Enamel Pin Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

4 Leaf Clover Enamel Pin £8.00

Lucky Clover Enamel Pin

 

Blue Tit Greetings Card Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Blue Tit Mini Card £2.50

Blue Tit Mini Card

Robin Enamel Pin Badge Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Robin Enamel Pin £8.00

Robin Enamel Pin

 

You can find our whole range of Scout Editions products on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Designer Interview – King Sophie’s World

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It’s designer interview time! This week we’re featuring Sophie King, a British textile artist and the feminist mastermind behind King Sophie’s World.

The colourful aesthetic and powerful message of King Sophie’s World really hits the spot at Hannah Zakari. Her meticulously hand embroidered pieces in bright sequins and thread are a labour of love from start to finish and we were thrilled that we could bring a selection of her work to the HZ Shoppe over the summer.

Emma spoke to Sophie about her work and practice…

How long have you been practising as an artist? How did you get started?

I started ‘King Sophie’s World’ in late 2011, I just started embroidering and haven’t stopped since.

 

If you were to explain your practice to someone who hasn’t seen your work before, how would you sum it up?

I hand embroider from start to finish statements and images on textiles. I explore the issues women face in modern life that undermine their self-esteem, self-confidence and well being.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I wake up and I pack orders, go to the post office, then I check emails, which usually entails organising custom commissions and so on.

It’s usually about 4ish by this point, then I spend the rest of the day doing creative tasks, like embroidering orders, commissions and new pieces. I love listening to music whilst I work, I listen to all types of music but right now I have Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ on repeat.

 

Time seems to be an important part of your practice, from the medium you choose to work in, its historical significance and the experience of being a young woman. How do you relate to the women before you that have used embroidery as an art form?

In all honesty I relate more to women who have used textiles in a broader sense, as an art form. Like the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who used embroidery with her fashion designs. Reading her autobiography was so affirming because it was like someone understood my aspirations in life for the first time.

 

What is your favourite item in your current collection and why?

I have really enjoyed embroidering on roses recently, just thoughts I’ve had in my head over the last few years. They’re more expressive and personal than anything I’ve made before. So it felt like more of a release.

Thanks to Sophie and Emma for the interview, first published in our 2017 Hannah Zakari zine (which is available to read in full here).

As well as the stunning original pieces displayed here and in our Edinburgh shoppe, Sophie King makes a range of inspirational iron on patches, button badges and stickers which have become immensely popular here at HZ!

Boys Are Mean Iron-On Patch

You’re Not A Bad Boy, You’re Just a Bad Person Button Badge

Your First Love Sticker

The King Sophie’s World range is spreading a positive message of self-love, feminism and determination and we love it. Check out the rest of this fantastic collection in the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Introducing COCOFOUR

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It’s always exciting when we receive new stock but theses not only delight the eyes but also smell beautiful!

COCOFOUR candles are presented in a glass amber jar with a pre-waxed cotton wick that helps you get the longest burn possible from your hand poured soy candle (burn time of 30-40 hours).

COCOFOUR is a British brand, created in 2014 by two friends with a shared love of candles. They struggled to find well made soy candles that were also contemporary and clean in design, so they set about making their own!

Why soy candles you ask? Well soy wax has many great benefits compared to traditional paraffin wax. Soy wax is derived from soy beans so it is a natural, renewable resource and burns cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil and releases toxic carcinogens in to the air. As well as being much healthier for humans, pets and the environment, soy wax also burns slower and cooler, creating a longer burning candle. Lastly, soy candles hold more fragrance and have an excellent scent throw, meaning your COCOFOUR candle will smell amazing from beginning to end.

We currently stock 5 scents; Bergamot + Orange, Cedar + Jasmine, Coconut + Vanilla, Pomegranate + Amber and Sicilian Lime + Mandarin

All are in medium COCOFOUR jar size and £18

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Magic Is Real!

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Do you believe in magic? Bonbi Forest’s new collection just arrived here at HZ, and it’s got us convinced!

 

This lovely new collection serves as a constant reminder to never stop believing in the mystical side of life. Adorned with unicorns, stars and lightning bolts, the new pieces from Lee May Foster-Wilson’s Cornwall based jewellery line are truly enchanting!

We love the Magic Is Real pendant and Totally Magic pin:

Totally Magic Pin – £10

Magic Is Real Pendant – £20

Also in our Bonbi Forest delivery were some inspirational new pins:

The Time Is Now Pin – £8.50

Mama Bear Pin – £8

And more of the gorgeous lockets we’ve come to love from this range, perfect for tiny keepsakes and precious photos:

Creature of the Night Locket – £20

 

Spread Your Wings Locket – £20

We hope you like them as much as we do! Bonbi Forest’s jewellery is available in our Edinburgh shoppe or online on the webshoppe now.

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A new collection from Wolf & Moon!

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We’re very excited to say that Wolf & Moon’s new jewellery collection, No. 6, is now available at Hannah Zakari!

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The East London based designers’ work has always been popular in our shoppe, and the No. 6 range has definitely become a staff favourite since it arrived earlier this month.

Inspired by modern abstract art and architectural forms, the necklaces, rings and earrings in this collection are effortlessly cool. We want them all for ourselves!

Which No. 6 piece is your favourite?

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Wolf & Moon’s No. 6 collection is available now in the Edinburgh shoppe or online at the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Designer Interviews – Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

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We’re in awe of Sally Mcadam: as well as being a full time doctor, she manages to find time to make the beautiful jewellery and accessories in her Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range! We’ve just received a delivery of new HOYFC pin badges, so Aimee interviewed Sally to find out more about the process and inspiration behind them.

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How long have you been designing jewellery and accessories? And what got you started?

I started making jewellery at university, initially just charm bracelets and necklaces using beads I bought from ebay. I began to get frustrated as I couldn’t make items look the way I wanted them to so I looked into other methods of jewellery making and came across laser cutting. I taught myself to use a vector program called Inkscape (which you can download for free!) and with a lot of trial and error and furious googling I made my first laser cut necklace. I was so excited about it that I continued to design and make increasingly complex pieces and I’ve now been making jewellery for around 10 years.

More recently, I decided to design some enamel pin badges as I felt the blocks of colour and clear lines would fit in well with my brand and give customers the opportunity to buy smaller and more affordable pieces from my online store. They have been a massive hit and I now sell more pin badges than anything else in my shop! I’ve also branched out into designing patches, tote bags, snapback caps, notebooks, stickers and even washi tape. I love drawing new things so I’ve always got new products popping up.

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As well as running HOYFC I have a full time job working as a doctor in a hospital. This means I don’t really have an “average” working day as I work a lot of long days, weekends and night shifts – I work hard to manage my time. If I’m working a normal 9-5 day I’ll get up and go to work at my day job and when I come home in the evening I’ll pack up my orders, answer my emails, work on new designs, make jewellery, do my accounts, etc. I usually go to the post office once a week looking like Santa with a giant bag of mail.

You draw a lot from pop culture, like television and gaming, for your work. What’s been the best thing you’ve seen or played lately?

I don’t have as much time as I would like to for gaming any more as I dedicate most of my spare time to HOYFC, but I did manage to watch Stranger Things on Netflix and it was incredible! I loved it so much that I designed a range of pins, patches, badges and stickers based around it and my customers seem to be enjoying them which is super great.

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Would you describe yourself as a bit of a geek?

I’d like to think I’m really cool, but in reality I probably am a bit of a geek. I’d rather stay in and watch sci fi films than go out dancing and I’d rather go roller skating than to the pub – I think this is reflected in some of my products, especially the “Too Tired To Party” pin badge and balloon packs I designed recently.

Do you have any favourite pieces in your collection right now?

I really like the rainbow screen printed t-shirts and tote bags I have in right now that say “I’m Not Sorry About Your Fragile Masculinity“. The sentiment rings true for most of my customers and the pastel coloured rainbow screen printing looks beautiful!

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Are there any other designers or artists who are inspiring you at the moment?

I’m in love with Big Bud Press’  new retro style collection and the awesome clothing range they’ve introduced recently. Designosaur have just brought out some amazing dinosaur socks and I have some major sock envy!

Do you have any advice for designers just starting out?

Organise your time, do your tax return as early as possible, (or even better, get an accountant to do it) and most importantly have fun!

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

I love a stegosaurus, I think they’re underrated. Team Steg!

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Our thanks to Sally for talking to us – you can buy our full Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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Designer Interviews – Custom Made

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Custom Made’s eclectic range of jewellery is always a customer favourite in the HZ shoppe, so its designer Anna Butler was a natural choice for our next Designer Interview!

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Aimee talked to Anna about her process and her inspirations, and received some wise words for aspiring designers.

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How did you get Custom Made started, and do you have any advice for other people who want to start their own business?

I started Custom Made when I decided to leave my job as a Menswear Designer. I had always wanted to work for myself so decided to make the leap. I was lucky because I worked freelance as a designer for a couple of years also so I could balance that with growing the business.

There comes a time when you need to make the leap to just the business though if you want it to grow. I think that pretty much becomes apparent when the time comes. It did for me, and talking to pal that also run small businesses I think it’s pretty common. Advice? Well, you need to really believe in and have a passion for what you are making/selling. Believe me its bloody hard work. There will be times when you feel like giving up BUT you just have to keep on going. NEVER GIVE UP!

Also now there are so many good resources for info on selling, wholesale, making social media work. So much more information than when I started Custom Made. At the end of the day though working things out for yourself are very gratifying.

Oh and I cannot stress enough KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR ACCOUNTS. If you are discovering at the end of the year you haven’t made any money its too late to do anything about it. Know what’s gone into your bank account and out on a daily basis. As soon as I started doing that by business flourished.

Also cost your products correctly. Never ever be a busy fool.

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Can you tell us a bit about your manufacturing process?

All Custom Made products are made/assembled in the studio. I have an industrial sewing machine and overlocker. All our purses and clutches are designed, pattern cut, cut, made and finished in the studio. With the jewellery, lots of our items are constructed using laser cut acrylic and metals stampings. I design all the jewellery pieces, they are cut by a laser cutter and then assembled in the studio. I have just added a new big long assembly desk. It’s great to work at and my cat has her bed at one end so when I’m alone in the studio I still have company! Spending time making jewellery is a great way to spend the day.

How do you come up with ideas for new designs?

I always find this question really hard to answer as it’s different for each product and collection. With the laser cut acrylic jewellery I spend a lot of time making shapes in illustrator and playing with colour. As I said I use cut acrylic shapes and metal stampings. I usually print out sheets of shapes I have drawn and lay metal pieces over them. I am very inspired by colour and shape and spend lots of time playing with both.

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Are there any other designers or artists you find particularly inspiring?

I really love Scout Editions. Everything about their work is beautiful. Beautiful colours, and beautiful artwork and products.

Do you have a favourite item in the Custom Made collection?

My current favourite is the Curve Necklace. They are so simple but the contrasting colours in each makes them. They are also very satisfying to make! They have also been super popular so I’m very happy. I still, after all this time love that fact that I make products and people buy them and wear them. It still blows my mind and makes me happy.

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What does the future hold for you and Custom Made? Do you have any exciting plans lined up?

I’m always on the look out for exciting projects and events. There are a few things in the pipeline that I cant really talk about at the moment. But I just want to keep doing what I do and just keep making Custom Made better. Every day is a school day.

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Our thanks to Anna for sharing an insight into her beautiful designs!

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