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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Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide – Last Minute Ideas!

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A Christmas Gift Guide poem by Aimee Lockwood

HZ Shoppe Girl Aimee helps you out this year with a fun Christmas Gift Guide!

It’s a week before Christmas and all through the town,

People are rushing around and around.

Your friends are all sorted, their shopping’s been done

But you haven’t started and now you must run!

What to get for your girlfriend, your in-laws, your mum?

Panic sets in now the season has come.

But don’t worry, dear shoppers, abandon your fears,

Hannah Zakari is here with lots of ideas!

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Our shoppe is still full of cute patches and pins,

If you’re stuck for ideas they’re ideal to begin:

Mama Bear Enamel Pin Bonbi Forest at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Mama Bear Enamel Pin £8.00

Origami Unicorn Enamel Pin by Hug A Porcupine at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Origami Unicorn Enamel Pin £18.00

Donut Love Embroidered Patch by Bel's Art World at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Donut Love Embroidered Patch

For someone especially dear to your heart,

Maybe some brand new and stunning wall art?

Midnight Forest Woodland Wall Hanging by Layla Amber at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Midnight Forest Woodland Wall Hanging £70.00

World Map Illustrated Print by Cosas Minimas at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

World Map Illustrated Print

Buying jewellery for others can sometimes be tough,

But in our large collection there’s something they’ll love.

 

Pink Dusk Necklace by Wolf and Moon at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Pink Dusk Necklace

Stomp T Rex Stud Earrings by Eclectic Eccentricity from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Stomp! T-Rex Stud Earrings £12.00

Maple Cork and Wooden Necklace by Apres Ski from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Maple Necklace £88.00

Lightning Stud Earrings by Custom Made from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Lightning Stud Earrings £14.50

And if you’re really not sure what exactly they’d wish,

Mustard Bream Cotton Keychain Purse by Don Fisher from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Mustard Bream Cotton Purse

You can’t go wrong with a cute Christmas… fish?

We hope that we’ve helped you a bit on your way,

To finding some gifts for this Christmas Day.

But don’t stress too much; although presents are fine,

This season is really about spending time

With the people you love, and about whom you care.

So with that Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

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You can find all these cute gift ideas and a lot more on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe; orders over £50 will be posted out Special Delivery until 2pm on Thursday 21st, so there’s still a bit of time! And we’ll be open here in the Edinburgh shoppe up until the 23rd, so if you’re still stuck then we’ll be around to help out 🌟

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Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide – Quirky Charm

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A Christmas Gift Guide for the Quirky person in your life!

If there’s one group of people that we absolutely love buying Christmas presents for, it’s this one. People who stand out from the crowd; who love bright colours, fun designs and who aren’t afraid to let their style make a statement. This is the Hannah Zakari gift guide for all the quirky people out there!

These people go their own way, and that sense of individualism makes them great fun to buy presents for. We hope that some of the suggestions below inspire you on your quest for quirk!

🎄🎄🎄Keep your keys safe the cute way with Don Fisher’s fun Herring keychain purse.Mustard Herring Cotton Keychain Purse by Don Fisher Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

This cute Terrarium necklace by Finest Imaginary is perfect for plant lovers.Diamond Terrarium Necklace by Finest Imaginary Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Swank Pegasus Necklace Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Soar high with Swank’s magnificent gold acrylic Pegasus necklace!This sweet Lobster enamel pin by Scout Editions is the cutest crustacean in town.Lobster Enamel Pin by Scout Editions Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

 

The perfect gift for your fun loving girl friends, these Girl Gang earrings by Jennifer Loiselle will make you smile.Girl Gang Acrylic Earrings by Jennifer Loiselle Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Or how about these luscious Lemon earrings by I Am Acrylic for someone who likes a bright pop of colour in their jewellery?Acrylic Lemon Earrings by I Am Acrylic Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

For something truly quirky, how about this original Sunae pineapple sand art piece by Naoshi?Naoshi Pineapple Original Sunae Sand Art Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

Guaranteed to impress, this stunning statement Lido necklace by Lou Taylor will be loved by anyone with a bold sense of style.Lido Swimmers Acrylic by Lou Taylor Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

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We like to think we do quirky style pretty well here at Hannah Zakari, so if there’s nothing on this list that piques your interest it’s definitely worth checking out the rest of our range in the HZ webshoppe!

 

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HZ Gift Guide – The Big One!

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It’s The Big One! Our Christmas Gift Guide for those special presents!

Our second Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide is all about the big one. The main gift you’ll buy this year, that extra special treat for someone who means the world to you. You want to get them something meaningful: something they’ll love, something they’ll cherish, something they’ll keep. It’s not always an easy thing to find, but once you’ve found it you’ll KNOW it’s perfect.

We think we’ve got a few things that fit the bill here at HZ. From delicate silver earrings to bold and beautiful statement necklaces, these pieces by our talented independent jewellery designers are the ideal way to show someone that you care this Christmas!

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I Heart Earrings by Upper Metal ClassI Heart Earrings by Upper Metal Class Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

Nova Necklace by We Dream In ColourNova Necklace by We Dream In Colour Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

Little Galaxy Earrings by We Dream In ColourLittle Galaxy Earrings by We Dream In Colour Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

 

Phase Earrings by Wolf and MoonPhase Earrings by Wolf and Moon

 

Protective Hand Ring by Datter Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Protective Hand Ring by Datter

 

Nouveau Large Flower Necklace by Rosa PietschNouveau Flower Necklace by Rosa Pietsch Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

You can see more of the stunning work by these designers online on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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HZ Gift Guide – Secret Santa

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Hannah Zakari is here to help you with our first 2017 Christmas Gift Guide for your Secret Santa!

December is nearly here, the festive songs are creeping their way onto our shoppe playlist, and our minds are turning to the season of twinkling decorations, good food and gift giving, especially the office secret santa!

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Although we love Christmas, we know that Christmas shopping can be a daunting prospect. With seemingly endless choice and long lists of people to buy for, it’s hard to know where to start! It can also be a sometimes depressingly commercial experience, with a constant barrage of special offers on the High Street and the enticing lure of the online giants always present. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Hannah Zakari is here to help!

Choosing the right gifts for the people you care about can be a lot of fun, and shopping for them can be a great way to support small businesses and independent, talented creators. To help you on your way, we’re compiling some pieces by our favourite artists, jewellery makers and indie designers into a Hannah Zakari Christmas gift guide, starting with gifts under £10 for your Secret Santa!

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To warm ourselves up, we’re starting off with a selection of small, cute gifts perfect as stocking fillers or for the office Secret Santa. At £10 or under, they’re a great way to get started on your gift buying adventure:

Cute yellow posies hand painted by Layla Amber! Yellow Flower Earrings by Layla Amber Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift GuideAnother gorgeous pair of hand painted stud earrings, this time by Kate RowlandPaint Palette Earrings by Kate Rowland Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift GuideOne Christmas treat that you won’t have to diet off in January, this cute enamel pin by Naoshi is a perfect stocking filler!Sweetie Enamel Pin by Naoshi Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift GuideIron on patches make great little gifts too, with the added bonus of being easy to slip into a Christmas card! This one by Mokuyobi is perfect for the chillier monthsStay Warm Embroidered Patch by Mokuyobi Threads Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift Guide.

Temporary tattoos are super popular right now, and we love these ones by Kate Broughton.Bird Temporary Tattoos by Kate Broughton Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

These lovely A6 notebooks are just right for creative types! We think the shiny gold pattern gives this one by Ola a particularly festive look.A6 Notebook by Ola Hannah Zakari 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

I hope we’ve given you some ideas for those tricksy Secret Santas! If none of these are quite right, you can check out our full range of affordable earrings, pins, patches, tattoos and stationery on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now.

We’ll be putting together a few more gift guides in the run up to Christmas, so keep an eye out for them and shop indie this December!

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Up Your Pin Game!

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Hannah Zakari has the cutest pins and patches – have you upped you #pingame yet?!

Have you ever bought a new jacket purely because you’ve run out of space for lapel enamel pins on the old one? Installed a cork board on your wall not for keeping track of paperwork, but for displaying the many enamel badges you’re not currently wearing? Spent your last tenner before payday on a cute new pin you just HAD to have, even if it meant eating instant noodles for dinner three days in a row?

If so, then you have joined the ranks of the Flair Addicts; and you’re in good company. These tiny wearable artworks have been becoming exponentially more popular over the last couple of years, and here at Hannah Zakari we’ve been gradually building our collection to keep up. I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that our selection has become pretty enviable!

We love enamel pins because they’re a great, affordable way to get hold of some quality work by our favourite indie designers. With so many different designs available, there really is something for everyone. Here’s a few suggestions to get your collection started:

Food Glorious Food

Gastronomes are sure to find something to love in our extensive collection of food inspired enamel pins! How about pinning a fried egg or cute fruit to your apron?

This cute Clementine enamel pin badge by Scout Editions wants to be your darling!


Wear this cute Avocato avocado cat pin by Pony People while you make your millennial toast

However you like your eggs, Naoshi’s fried egg girl is sure to appeal to your sunny side.

 

Send A Message

These bold pins featuring words of wisdom from some of our favourite designers are great gifts for opinionated friends.

One for writers by Rock Cakes: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword!

This motivational pin by Bonbi Forest will inspire courage.

Behold! Your feminist agenda on a pin, courtesy of Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.

 

Cute Animals

We are unashamed fans of all things cute and cuddly here at Hannah Zakari, so animal themed pins feature heavily among our favourites!
This pristine poodle by Stay Home Club will smarten up your lapel.

Or if cats are more your thing, how about this adorable artistic kitty by Bel’s Art World?

This stunning origami deer brooch by Hug A Porcupine is sure to appeal to the wild at heart.

With such a diverse range of pins out there, your problem is less likely to be finding one you like than choosing between the many you want! Might be time to buy that new jacket…

All these pins and many more are available now 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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Read our fifth Hannah Zakari zine!

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If you missed your chance to pick up one the Hannah Zakari 2017 Zine this summer, never fear; the entire thing is now available online right here! We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

hannah zakari zine 2017 front cover naoshi artwork

The cover artwork for our zine is also now available in our online shop. These cute prints are based on original Sunae (Japanese sand art) illustrations by the wonderful Naoshi, and they’re a super fun and quirky way to add some colour to your walls! Choose from the rainy Daytime Skyline front cover or the sleepy Nighttime Skyline back cover:


Daytime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Nighttime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Work by Naoshi, King Sophie’s World, I Am Acrylic and many of the other artists and designers featured in our zine is available on the online shoppe now!

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We’re hiring! Temporary sales assistant position…

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We’re looking for an awesome person to join our tiny team at our Edinburgh shop!

This is a temporary position starting asap until Christmas 2017. The position is for 2 days per week (approx 12 hours) and the starting rate of pay is £7.70 per hour. You should be able to work weekends regularly and some retail experience is preferred.

Hannah Zakari Naoshi Summer 2017 Window Display

The ideal candidate will be creative, passionate about indie design, and have a good understanding of Hannah Zakari and the designers and styles we stock. A cheerful and friendly personality is a must and you should be confident working alone.

We’re looking for someone to take on all aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop and key responsibilities will include:

opening and closing the shop including cashing up

greeting and helping customers

receiving deliveries and stock

cleaning and keeping stock replenished

picking and packing web orders and post office runs

uploading new stock to our website

blogging and involvement in other social media

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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Last day at HZ

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It’s my last day as a HZ shoppe girl. It’s been a lot of fun working here, not only because I was surrounded by amazing creative design but I was lucky enough to see how happy these designs make our lovely customers and visitors. The ladies of HZ Rachael and Aimee are also inspiring creative folk who were a joy to work with and get to know.

I’m getting all misty eyed and thinking back on my sweet and short time at HZ HQ, so here are a couple of fond memories.

  • The first time someone asked me if I was Hannah Zakari. Little did I know how often this question is asked but it’s always fun to explain the meaning behind the name to newbies.
  • Seeing Rachael prepare literally any order, the woman is one expert tissue paper technician.
  • The excitement when new pins arrived ensured Aimee and I would  justify to ourselves that we actually NEED more pins.
  • That one time a Irish man in London called HZ HQ to ask that instead of using our lovely touches if I could wrap his order ‘terribly, so my Girlfriend won’t know its from you guys’. It felt so wrong but sweet!
  • Sunny the dog, the friendliest pooch in Edinburgh who visits us with his mama every so often.
  • Meeting Naoshi and taking part in her workshop, so relaxing! Taking her to some dodgy comedy show during the Fringe.

I’ve been in Edinburgh for over 7 years so it feels scary to leave the city, it’s my adult home. Wish me luck and if you ever see a job opening at HZ go for it! It’s been my favourite retail job ever and I think a big part of that has to do with how lovely our customers are, you guys are the best!

 

 

 

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