From Pinterest to Polymer Clay.
Shape, colour and style have always been of interest to me.
I studied both womenwear and menswear at the London College of Fashion, graduating in 1997 with a degree in mens tailoring.
After a few years working in fashion buying, I moved into other areas of work in non-creative fields.
My fashion interests were never far from my heart and for some time, I continued to make clothes, soft furnishings and other crafts for myself and as gifts.
I also built up an extensive non-precious jewellery collection made up of pieces that caught my eye each time I travelled abroad, or on a day to day journeys in and around London. I would look at an entire wall of jewellery in a store or on a market stall and zero in on the piece that was ‘meant to be mine’.
Then came a website called Pinterest and with it, the ability to collate storyboards and scrapbooks in an electronic format. I was happily lost!
I began ‘liking’ and ‘pinning’ the beautiful images of jewellery pieces I found there, and was gradually seduced by links to online jewellery making tutorials. My reasoning? “I know what I like, I value unique pieces I won’t see on other people so why not try making my own”? A couple of evening courses in wirework and polymer clay effects at The London Jewellery School, and City Lit soon followed. Responses from friends, family and work colleagues fuelled my desire to make my pieces available for jewellery lovers such as myself.
At theasmartthenry.co.uk you can browse through my creations and purchase pieces that are ‘meant to be yours’.
Each piece is handmade and individually remarkable, new creations are uploaded on a monthly basis.