Friday, 20 April 2012

A month of exciting news!


It's been a busy month since my last post. Two bits of really exciting news which have made me feel like all the hard work might just be starting to pay off, plus some new work and the collaboration with Jennifer Collier has come together too.

Exciting News No.1

The V&A Museum in London asked for samples in late March, thought they were great and have placed an order for my jewellery!! So by mid May jewellery from my Vintage Noir and Vintage Collection will be in the shop. I've always loved the V&A and having my work there will be really special to me.

Lara earrings

Exciting News No.2

In the same week as the V&A made their decision, I was interviewed by the editor of Embroidery Magazine. The 20 year old Judith (Embroidery undergraduate at the time) would have been so impressed by this, so I have allowed myself to feel a little proud of what I've acheived since then! I'm not sure when the feature will be out yet.

Me aged 20. Amazed how little I've changed, though I know I didn't usually wear such lovely vintage dresses at the time!

Jennifer Collier and I have been working on a little project together, and it came together earlier this week at the British Craft Trade Fair. I arrived at my stand to set up and found a box waiting for me. I opened the box to take out the jewellery boxes made by Jennifer, and found them wrapped up in old sewing pattern tissue! This was the first outing for some new jewellery and the boxes, made from my discarded cards of hooks and eyes, so recycling my recyclings!

New Jewellery

As my part of the collaboration I made some new pieces of jewellery, pictured below. The designs still need to be christened (most of my jewellery has names, out of practicality rather than sentimentality, though I do have my favourites!) The great thing is that the project gave me the opportunity to push my jewellery a step further and I have so many ideas for more pieces now too, can't wait to get experimenting, so watch this space!

New Vintage Noir chandelier earrings

New Vintage Noir 3D chandelier earrings in their bespoke box by Jennifer Collier

New Vintage Noir hook and eye cahndelier necklace, dipslayed on a 1930s box of Newey's hooks and eyes.
New Vintge Noir hook and eye bracelet