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Designer Interview – Mood Good

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An Interview with Mood Good!

Mood Good jewellery designer Rosie Greener at wirk

We absolutely love Mood Good’s jewellery! Somehow their style manages to have both a fresh, youthful feel AND a classic timeless quality. We spoke to Mood Good designer Rosie Greener about her work, her life and her plans for the future!

What does an average working day in your life look like?

Well, I actually have a full time job as a jewellery designer for a highstreet brand, so my average working day is spent there! Mood Good is very much a side-line thing that I make time for in the evenings and on weekends. But I love doing it so I don’t mind! It just means I have to be super organised to make sure I stay on top of everything.

Do you listen to music or watch TV while you work?

It really depends on what I am doing. Because I have to use my time well, I am often speeding through a list and so don’t have anything on as I don’t want any distractions to slow me down or cause me to make mistakes. However, if I am taking a bit more time to do something visual, like edit photos or plan the Instagram feed, I might put a podcast on (usually something true crime related) or have some mindless TV (something like Friends or Gossip Girl) on in the background.

Rosie Greener of Mood Good’s desk

Could you tell us a little bit about your creative background? How did you first get into designing jewellery?

I have always been happiest when creating, so always knew I wanted to have a creative career of some sort. I did a Foundation Year at Central St Martins where I discovered Jewellery Design in the first week and
thought yup that’s it! I am pretty decisive so once I had decided that was what I wanted to do, I had my mind set. I went on to do a BA in Jewellery Design also at CSM which I found really valuable but also very conceptual. I enjoyed it and it definitely helped me develop as a designer, but I knew that ultimately I wanted to design commercial pieces that people like myself and my friends love and want to wear. So I feel very lucky to now be able to do that as both a job and in my own time.

What’s your personal favourite piece in the Mood Good collection?

That’s tricky… I am going to stick with the very clichéd answer that I love them all in different ways! I think it is  hard as a designer to see it that objectively because you are so close to the work. Interestingly, the ones that have sold best haven’t necessarily been my favourite. Sometimes when I originally think of a piece that I love, I know that it won’t be a best seller but a perk of having my own brand is that I can make it anyway! In a technical sense, my favourite piece is the Hand and Rose Necklace as it is the most challenging 3D design. But in terms of my favourite pieces to wear, I go through phases but am currently wearing the ‘Lion Heart Necklace’ and ‘Heart Signet Ring’ a lot. And then in terms of the brand, it’s the personalised pieces, as these always capture peoples attention and make them excited!

Personalised Lucky and Heart Signet gold rings worn by model

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re not working?

Having a job and brand doesn’t leave a whole lot of me-time! But I try to plan my time so that I don’t miss out on having meals with friends, seeing my family and spending time with my poor neglected boyfriend! It can be tricky to juggle it all sometimes but I know it is really important so am always trying to keep on top of it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

I guess just go for it! Firstly, I would say that if they find it really natural and enjoyable to generate ideas and are most excited by the initial stages, it is important to be quite disciplined in order to move
beyond this and see things through to completion. But it is so rewarding, especially at the beginning, as it is a lot easier to make someone understand an idea and convince them that it is good by showing them as opposed to telling them! Secondly, to trust their design instinct. A designer’s eye is their most valuable and unique tool and although it is always important to listen to other’s opinions, experience and confidence doesn’t always make them more right. You know what feels right for you and your designs – do that!

What are your plans for the future of Mood Good? Do you have any exciting new designs or projects on the horizon?

In terms of plans for Mood Good, I always have so many ideas of future projects and designs buzzing around my head… It is usually a case of deciding what to work on first. It has just recently been a full year since the brand began, so I still feel like this is very much the beginning and am very excited to keep on keeping on! Watch this space!

Young blonde woman wearing striped top and three layered gold Mood Good necklaces

Thanks again for talking to us, Rosie!

Here are a few of our favourites from the Mood Good Collection at Hannah Zakari. We think they’d make lovely gifts for extra special occasions! The necklaces are great for layering together too.

 

Gold Rose Choker Necklace by Mood Good

Rose Choker

A chunky gold banner ring with the word Lucky inscribed

Lucky Personalised Banner Ring

 

Hand holding a rose gold charm pendant on gold chain necklace by Mood Good

Hand and Rose Necklace

 

You can find the rest of our Mood Good collection on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe here!

 

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Fringe Festival Fancies

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The Edinburgh Fringe festival, a cacophony of theatre, art, comedy, dance and music that descends on Edinburgh for the month of August is fast approaching! 

If you are a tourist to our lovely little city during this time souvenirs are a must! Alternatively if you are a local trying to contend with the sudden influx of visitors, retail therapy may be the only way to keep yourself sane! 
Here’s a short list we’ve compiled of some of the top festival-related treats to be found in the HZ shoppe this August. 

‘Time For Adventure’ Iron-on Patch- Bel’s Art World

The best way to tackle the fringe is to be ready for anything and be open to all the sights and sounds it has to offer! Pop this patch on your jacket and get out there! 

 

 

Trapeze Necklace –Swank 

Show your support for the alternative circus, dance and music treats this fringe with this amazingly acrobatic necklace. 

 

Flamingo Tattoos – Paperself

Get fully into the festival spirit! Adorn yourself with flora, fauna and flamingos!

 

Coping Admirably Sticker –Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

A perfect treat for those brave souls and locals who are tackling the whole month of the fringe! 

 

 

Busy Bee Organiser –Asking For Trouble

It’s the second week of the fringe and you’ve been recommended 30 great shows, 15 of which clash. You are going to need something to organise yourself! 

 

 

‘Not Today’ Pin –Sparkle Collective 

When the time finally comes that you can’t turn down one more leaflet on the royal mile, this pin says all you need to say. 

 

Greyfriars Bobby Pin –Gemma Correll

It’s always important to have a souvenir of the fringe, and what better than our very own Greyfriars Bobby! Wear it home and recount stories of the amazing street performers you saw on the royal mile, the late night jazz you happened to wander into and the comedian you’ve been watching on the tele for years that you finally got to see!

 

We are open as always every day of the Fringe so pop in and say hi!

Enjoy the Festival everyone!

 

 

Want to read more about the newest things happening in our Edinburgh shoppe? Check out the blog posts about our newest designers Buried Diamond and Lisa Junius and Mood Good!

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We’re Hiring! Temporary Summer Postion.

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We’ve now filled this position, thank you to everyone who applied 🙂
Hey folks!
We’re looking for a cheerful sort with a friendly personality to fill a temporary position at the Hannah Zakari Shop on Candlemaker Row. The role will cover the month of August and is for approximately 10 hours per week (2/3 days) which will include some weekends.
Hannah Zakari Naoshi Summer 2017 Window Display

The role will include:

greeting and helping customers

receiving deliveries and stock

cleaning and keeping stock replenished

maybe some social media posts

working with a small team of nice people

Interested?! We would love you to pop into our shop with a CV and cover letter so we can meet you. If you can’t manage, please email your CV and cover letter to Rachael at hannahzakari@gmail.com with the heading ‘Job Application – your name’.

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Introducing… Buried Diamond!

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Magic, mysticism and glitter from new jewellery designer Buried Diamond

When you come into Hannah Zakari looking for jewellery, sometimes you’ll find the jewellery looking back!

We’re very happy to have a new range in the shoppe from Buried Diamond, whose bold eye themed pieces have really caught our gaze this Spring.

Buried Diamond is the creation of Martha Moore Porter, an independent jewellery and accessory designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Porter, disappointed that she couldn’t find any jewellery flashy enough to suit her own outlandish tastes, originally started out as a designer by making bold, colourful eye necklaces for herself. Unsurprisingly her fun pieces started to draw attention from others, and before long Buried Diamond was born!

The eye motif that started it all still runs strong through Buried Diamond’s pretty enamel collection. We love the glittery eye collar clips and the large Magic Eye brooch! As well as this signature symbol, the collection features pieces inspired by unlucky omens, witches hands, fearsome cats and summer fruit. It’s eclectic, outrageous, colourful and fun, and we hope you love it as much as we do!

 

 

 

This is just a little snapshot of our favourite Buried Diamond pieces; to view the full collection, including more necklaces, fun charm bracelets and cute fruit earrings, head over to the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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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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Hello from the new HZ shoppe gal!

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 A belated hello and my top picks from the HZ shoppe!

Hi!

I’m really excited to introduce myself and say hello! I’m Sarah, and this is my first (slightly overdue) blog post after taking over from the utterly fabulous Emma as a new HZ shoppe gal! After graduating this summer in Fashion Design from Edinburgh University, Hannah Zakari has been a lovely place to settle while I live and work in Edinburgh as a freelance designer and pattern cutter (you can check out some of my work here).

My first 5 months have been filled with getting to know all the lovely shoppe regulars, dancing round the shoppe while mopping up on a Sunday evening and eyeing up the numerous pieces I could spend all my wages on. (If only I didn’t have to pay rent every month!) In spirit of the latter I thought I would do a short run down of my top 5 pieces in the shoppe right now!

My top 5 picks!
(and a few extra product mentions because I couldn’t resist)
Jennifer Loiselle
Heard It Through the Grapevine Earrings Acrylic Grape Earrings from Jennifer Loiselle

Heard It Through the Grapevine Earrings

My Christmas present to myself this year (let’s not lie, they are always the best) was Jennifer Loiselle’s Heard it Through the Grapevine Earrings. They are simply amazing- they are my only piece of jewellery that can genuinely put me in a good mood! I am now saving my pennies for my next JL purchase- the Triple Ice Cone Earrings.

Pins and Patches
A perfect pin for so many of my friends!

Beer Enamel Pin

Statement pins and patches are all the rage right now and we have some great ones in the HZ shoppe, my personal faves are made by King Sophie’s World and Finest Imaginary. Finest Imaginary also make some great playful acrylic jewellery but my top pick of their pieces is this Beer Enamel Pin– I can think of probably too many friends who this would be perfect for!

Just a little reminder!

Your First Love Should Be Yourself Enamel Pin

I love HZ because I have discovered so many fab small brands that I would otherwise not have known. King Sophie’s World is one of these brands; her embroidery is amazing and the pieces we sell in the shop are so great that I recently bought some of the fab women in my life the “Your First Love Should Be Yourself” pins, just to give them a little reminder!

 

Wolf and Moon

 

Blue rounded rain cloud shaped statement wooden earrings

Cloud Earrings

Anything by Wolf And Moon I know I am always going to love. This week we have their new collection on the shelves and these Cloud Earrings are calling my name. They have the perfect Matisse influence and feel like the ideal thing to wear walking down a beach! (Here I am praying for sunshine)

 

Lou Taylor
A brighter to any wintery weather

Lido Necklace

Following the summer theme my final pick is anything in the ‘Lido’ collection by Lou Taylor– both the Lido Print which is in-store and the Lido Necklace make the shop feel a little bit brighter on the wintery Scottish weekends.

I hope this little hello has given you all a nice insight into what I rave about in the shoppe!

In the mood to read more? Check out the interview that’s on the blog with Sophie King (mastermind of those great pins I mentioned upbove) and have a full look at the new Wolf And Moon Collection.

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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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It’s nearly Mother’s Day!

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A Hannah Zakari Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Mother’s Day is coming up on the 11th of March in the UK, and we’re getting ready to say a massive thank you to the wise and wonderful women who brought us into the world!

To help you choose the perfect present for your own dear mum, we’ve put together a little Hannah Zakari Mother’s Day gift guide. Let our line up of pretty florals, bright spring colours and fun indie design inspire you!

Cards

It’s traditional to say Happy Mother’s Day with flowers, and we have plenty of cute cards in stock that will help you do just that. These sweet floral designs by Asking For Trouble, Ola and Scout Editions are perfect for the occasion:

Botanic Bottle greeting card by Scout Editions Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

Botanic Bottle Greeting Card by Scout Editions

Perfect Posy Greeting Card by PirripPerfect Posy Flower Bouquet Greeting Card by Pirrip Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

 

Happy Sunflower Card by Asking For TroubleHappy Sunflower kawaii greeting card by Asking For Trouble Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Alyssum Foil Blocked Card in Brass and RosePink and Brass Foil Flower Greeting Card Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

Gifts

If you’re looking to upgrade from chocolates this year, we’ve got a few ideas for Mother’s Day presents to impress. Are you after a simple little token gift, or more of a grand gesture? Either way something in our collection of quirky jewellery and accessories should fit the bill!

 

Bluebell Acrylic Earrings by I Am AcrylicBluebell Acrylic Flower Earrings by I Am Acrylic Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Nouveau Flower Pendant by Rosa PietschNouveau Flower Pendant Necklace by Rosa Pietsch Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

Curve Necklace in Yellow and Pink by Custom MadeCurve Abstract Statement Necklace in Yellow and Pink by Custom Made Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

Little Hex Stud Earrings by Wolf and MoonLittle Hexagon Stud Earrings in Navy and Gold Glitter designed by Wolf and Moon Hannah Zakari Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Of course, we know that mothers are as diverse as the children they raise. Maybe yours isn’t the flowers and jewellery type? No problem – check out the rest of our collection over on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe for more inspiration!

Want to read more? Check out earlier blog posts with interviews with some of the designers featured in this gift guide including Scout EditionsAsking For Trouble, and Custom Made.

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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!).

Scout Editions Print and Poster Image
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.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Pigeon Mug Image

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 – Kate Rowland

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Aimee talks to Kate about her life, her work and her favourite stationery.

Kate Rowland’s jewellery is a big hit here at Hannah Zakari! Her laser cut wooden brooches and earrings with hand painted details are quirky, cute, and extremely wearable. And as well as making some of our favourite jewellery, as an illustrator Kate also produces beautiful, delicate watercolour paintings: we’re in awe!

In this Designer Interview, Aimee talked to Kate about her life, her work and her favourite stationery.

Kate Rowland in Dungarees Designer Photograph at Hannah Zakari

Kate Rowland

You recently moved across the world to Japan! What do you like best about living in Tokyo? And has it been easy settling in?

I’m so lucky! It’s an overwhelming place, everyday I see something bizarre. It’s definitely not easy moving away from home, especially in a country where the language is so difficult (not to mention earthquakes!). But the history, landscape and culture here is so inspiring. We are trying to see and experience as much as possible before we move home in autumn.

Have you discovered any great Japanese stationery or art materials since you’ve been in Tokyo?

I have! To the detriment of my bank account. I love to use brush pens, ink and watercolours, and the choice here is overwhelming. My favourite watercolours are made by a Japanese brand, Kuratake, so I’ve been stocking up on different colours. Even the 100 yen shops here stock decent brushes and pens! I’m also a huge loser, and love visiting DIY shops, I’ve bought some lovely, unusual wood and plastics to laser cut into jewellery…

Kate Rowland Painter's Palette Brooch at Hannah Zakari

Kate Rowland Painter’s Palette Brooch

Our customers love your laser cut jewellery, with the Paint Palette and Feminist Heart brooches being particular favourites. Do you have a favourite piece in your collection?

The greenhouse necklace has been a favourite of mine for years! It was the first piece where I really started thinking about my designs as three dimensional objects, rather than flat images to be laser cut. I still love hand painting them too, even though I’ve made hundreds! Each one is different and organic, and there’s something lovely about that.

Tell us a little bit about your design process; how is a piece of Kate Rowland jewellery made?

My ideas start out as scribbles or notes in the margin of my sketchbook, and often they will stay there for months, if not years! Then I’ll work on them until I’m happy, draw up and ink the final designs. Once the drawings are vectorised, I engrave and laser cut them. This often involves a lot of trial and error, especially if I am making a particularly detailed, complex design, or using a new material. Then the wood is sanded, sometimes painted, and assembled into a piece of jewellery!

As well as designing super cute jewellery, you do some illustration work for clients; which side of your business do you prefer (if either) and why?

That’s a hard question. I absolutely love designing jewellery, and making things with my hands, seeing something physical and tangible emerge from an idea. To know that people want to wear my work is an amazing feeling. But I’ll always want to draw and paint, and to make a living from that is something I aspire to!

A Self Portrait of Kate Rowland at work

Self Portrait at Work

Do you have any advice you can share with aspiring illustrators and designers?

Always look outside of your discipline, don’t stop creating, and don’t compare yourself to others!

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Enormous thanks to Kate for talking to us! You can see our range of awesome Kate Rowland jewellery on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe. Here are a few of our favourite pieces:Damn Fine Coffee Brooch

 

Book Worm Brooch

 

Paint Palette Brooch

Check out more of Kate’s work on her website here!

 

 

 

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