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A reminder that creativity is good for your mental health on World Mental Health Day

Hello! So back in June I wrote a little ditty to big up Creativity and Wellbeing week, but life sometimes smacks you in the face and makes you not want to tell everyone that you have struggled and are now looking back smugly from the other side. Winston Churchill spoke of his black dog of depression, I feel like the brain is a little like a naughty puppy (ok sometimes very naughty one, that can turn your life upside down like an old school toilet paper advert). You have to train it, entertain it, keep it calm or when you are not looking you may end up with a poo in the corner. But it’s World Mental Health Day and the fact that sharing that you aren’t always totally smashing it and that some people, including myself, find making things helps their brain to chill out and heal a bit is still something important.

Creativity has always been an important part of my life however much of the time I was either too inspired or not at all. This made a great deal of sense when I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2013. I wouldn’t say that drawing and making things got me through that and the very tricky time that led to my diagnosis. This was thanks to the support of the ridiculously amazing people around me and the hard working dudes and dudettes of the NHS. Yet my life wouldn’t feel complete now without making something or letting my brain stray creatively on a daily basis. It is also integral to making my life more than just managing my special brain, by providing a distraction in the process of making and little delights as end results.

To steal the wise words of the people over at Creativity and Wellbeing Week:

‘There is a growing body of evidence indicating the profound effect engagement in the arts and creativity can have on health and wellbeing. The arts bring us alive, nourish our curiosity, help us learn – they change the places in which we are treated – and make them places we might want to be, they can improve the relationship between clinician and patient, and they give us the courage to face our own frailties and strengths.’

I have worked in many media when making art or gifts and always carry a little sketchbook for emergencies (to record ideas/also handy for those who may suffer bothersome thoughts). I made the decision to take up jewellery making in 2014 and love that it combines hard-core metal working skills with making pretty and fun transportable pieces that others seem amused by too. I couldn’t recommend jewellery making enough as an activity and wish I had taken the idea seriously at a younger age. But still, learning ain’t just for kids.

Top 3 creativity TED talks

Taika Waititi – The Art of Creativity

Margaret Wertheim- The beautiful math of coral

Julie Burstein- 4 lessons in creativity

Whatever your go-to helper is in life, may it be running, writing, crafting or climbing (if it isn’t going to damage you or anyone else), look after yourself and that pesky puppy and just do it.

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.

 

 

Diploma Exhibition Invitation – 29th September 2017

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You are cordially invited to the Diploma in Creative Jewellery Exhibition, but no need to RSVP, just come along for free! It’s a great opportunity to visit the school if you are thinking of taking a class with the added incentive of checking out what our most recent students have been making. Drinks and nibbles will also be in attendance. We will look forward to seeing you!

When: Friday 29th September 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

Great British Beach Clean –Friday 15th September

Today is the day to get to the beach and get your tidy on. A depressing 4 to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic were washed out to sea in 2010 and that was set to increase to double in 10 years, so we may be almost at that sad target now. Scientists still don’t know where 99% of this plastic ends up in the ocean or the extent of the impact on marine life. If these shocking facts aren’t an enticement enough to get yourself to the seaside and join in with the beach clean, here are some wearable products of beach-combing to tempt you.

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Recent Central Saint Martens Graduate Frankie Moughton-Small draws attention to the issue of ocean waste with her bold jewellery and head wear. This beautiful rainbow piece trips the plastic fantastic whilst reminding us of the perilous implications of our disposable lifestyles.

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Jeweller and London Jewellery School Tutor Melissa Hunt makes these detachable rings to feature seaglass and sea-smoothed broken plate.

So do a good deed and gather materials for your next creation to make the most of a trip to the coast.

 

You’re invited to the free Hatton Garden Festival this weekend!

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As you may know, our teaching studios are based in the heart of Hatton Garden which is an area famous for being London’s jewellery quarter and the home of the UK’s diamond market. We are excited to be a part of the Hatton Garden Festival this weekend, Friday 21st July and Saturday 22nd July 2017.

We will have a stall in the street on Saturday 22nd July with some demonstrations as well as jewellery making kits and class samples available to buy so please pop over and see us!

Here’s what else is going on!

Friday July 21st
12:00 – 13:00
Festival launches
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Opening performance from opera singer Deborah Holmes

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

17:30 – 18:00
Modern Day Classics – Tanya Seifert

Saturday July 22nd
12:00 – 13:00
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Acoustic Country Music – Belle & The Busker

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

16:00
Diamond Hunt and Raffle prize winners announced

17:30 – 18:00
Motown & Soul Classics – Abigail Scott

On top of all of the amazing live entertainment you will get the opportunity to experience talks about jewellery trends, design and jewellery making workshops, free engravings, prosecco receptions, an on-street croquet pitch and garden party and much more…

Location: Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane. We’ll see you there!

Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Leonie Marks

This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited to attend!

Today we feature jeweller Leonie Marks

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Where do you live? I live in Essex near the Blackwater Estuary

When did your interest in jewellery making start? I first became interested in making jewellery in 2010 when I thought how wonderful it would be to turn shells I had found in the Isles of Scilly and Essex into silver pendants.  I achieved this using metal clay and then started using sterling silver in sheet and wire form using basic soldering techniques to create different pieces.   

Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I set a little studio up in my garden and then taught myself to set stones (in a fashion) which led me on to taking the Silver Diploma course as I desperately needed expertise in learning stone setting amongst numerous other techniques covered in the diploma course.   

 

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What was your favourite class on the diploma and why? I loved the whole diploma course as it covered so many different techniques and mediums which I would not otherwise have explored.  I would still say the Stone Setting was my favourite class.

What are your goals for the future? My goals are to continue to perfect my silversmithing skills – in particular stone setting – doing more short courses at the London Jewellery School.  I have a small business selling at fairs and online which I am aiming to expand over the next 12 months.  Since doing the online business course at The London Jewellery School I am currently setting up a new website which should be up and running in the next month.

You can follow Leonie and her work on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/leoniemarksjewellery

and Instagram – https://instagram.comleoniemarksjewellery

 

leonie-marks-bangle-london-jewellery-school-diploma-in-silver-jewelleryThe Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY How to find us

No need to RSVP, just turn up!

all images copyright Leonie Marks 2017

Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Sandra McArdle

This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited!

Today we feature jeweller Sandra McArdle

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-diploma-silver-jewelleryWhere do you live? I live in a village north of Newbury in Berkshire

When did your interest in jewellery making start? My interest in silver jewellery making started many years ago. I joined the local Woman’s Institute and did a taster course at the WI college. Around this time I was inspired by the poem “The Station” by Robert Hastings (worth a read if you are on a relentless career treadmill). It opened my eyes to the world around me and I started to see and really appreciate the beauty in nature, the shapes of leaves, the structure and delicacy of petals and the colours.

Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I started to research silver jewellery making courses and dreamt about doing more of the thing I had come to love, working with silver. I kept coming back to the London Jewellery School and the varied structure of the course. I was delighted to achieve the Diploma in Silver Jewellery in 2016 and started Sandra McArdle Jewellery 

Now I love working with silver and semi-precious stones to create an object of beauty. I never cease to be amazed at the way silver changes and responds as it’s worked to create that final piece and to be part of that process is so rewarding.

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A commission – a pair of earrings with semi precious stone and 14ct gold granules.

What are your goals for the future? As I have developed my business I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people, to talk to them about what it is they are looking for in a piece of jewellery or silverware. I love working with them to develop and design that special piece, and creating an item of jewellery, a gift or keepsake is something I am very proud of.

I am looking forward to developing my business as I move into a new studio and put in practice the things I learnt on the Jewellery School Online  Jewellery Business Bootcamp!

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-silver-diploma-cufflinksWhat are your favourite pieces you have made so far and why? My first commission – cufflinks for a saddle maker, replicating the saddle makers round knife used to fashion the saddles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-silver-diploma-trinket-boxMy favourite commission – a trinket box (with mints!) inset mother of pearl and my signature granules on the polished lid. The box has textured sides and my decorative hallmark on the base.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Sandra’s work on her website http://www.sandramcardle.co.uk/ to get in touch with her email sandra@sandramcardle.co.uk

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

How to find us

No need to RSVP, just turn up!

images copyright Sandra McArdle 2017

You’re invited to our Silver Diploma final exhibition!


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Two of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery groups have their final exhibition on Friday next week, 7th July 6.30-8pm. If you are interested in doing one of our diploma classes or curious about what you can learn in our silver classes why not come along and talk to students and staff. It is free to attend, no need to RSVP just turn up! There will be wine and nibbles (and our favourite Prosecco!).

It’s a great way to start the weekend and we’d love to see you there.

When: Friday 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

How to find us

How to stay in the know in 2017

At LJS we often get asked the same questions. How do I find out about jewellery related job opportunities? Where can I find a bench to rent? How do I know when to apply for jewellery events and fairs? Do you sometimes discover that you find out about things too late? Here are some ways to stay in the know for 2017

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Subscribe to Benchpeg

Benchpeg is an independent source of information for the British Jewellery industry and associated trades. If you subscribe you receive a free weekly email newsletter that includes industry news, jobs, opportunities, classified ads and more. It’s a fantastic source of information for everyone at any level of the jewellery industry.

How?

Click this link to subscribe to Benchpeg for free.

 

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Join a relevant Facebook group

There are thousands of jewellery facebook groups out there and they can be very helpful as the organisers and members share resources and give advice.

 

How?

Login to facebook and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group

Also click on pages and like any pages that look interesting. If you find what is being shared isn’t relevant you can always leave the page or group.

 

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Get out and about to exhibitions

Even if you’re not exhibiting you can find out a lot about what is happening in the industry by attending exhibitions in your area. You can find a list of jewellery exhibitions that regularly run in London here but do check out your local press for events closer to home.

 

How?

Do an online search for previous events in your area and sign up for email updates to be in the know for future exhibits.

 

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Follow the right accounts on twitter

Social media is an immediate way to find out what is happening and twitter is excellent for this.

 

How?

Sign into twitter, search for and follow:

  • Local groups, markets etc
  • Exhibition spaces, museums
  • Selling websites e.g. etsy, folksy, misi, not on the high street etc
  • Jewellery magazines e.g. Making Jewellery

 

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Check out stallfinder

For upcoming events, craft markets and fairs in your area check out stallfinder

 

How?

Got to stallfinder

Do a search of your area to see what events are advertised and the closing dates

 

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Subscribe to the LJS newsletter and blog!

We keep our ear to the ground and let you know about opportunities via our email newsletter and our blog

How?

Subscribe to the LJS email newsletter

Subscribe to our blog – click here and click the ‘subscribe to our blog button’ on the left of the screen

If you’d like to be kept informed of our jewellery business courses, free articles and offers subscribe to our jewellery business list

How do you keep informed of jewellery industry news? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Save the date for our Tutors Day

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If you have ever been to one of our classes you will know what a fantastic bunch of tutors we have at the School who share their skills and knowledge with us, and you will have had a glimpse of the amazing jewellery they make. 

So, to celebrate our lovely tutor team, we would like you to save the date for our very first Tutor Day on Thursday 20th April from 2pm-7pm.  

It will be hosted here at the School’s studio in Hatton Garden, and our tutors will have a variety of their jewellery on display and to buy.  Of course there will be drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people who live and love all things jewellery!

So, mark the date in your calendars – it is sure to be a fantastic event!

You Can Make It metal clay residential conference

2017 brings us the first You Can Make It metal clay residential conference! LJS tutor Anna Campbell is among the expert teachers travelling from all over the world to teach. Here she gives you more information about the conference and how to book

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I’m really excited to be a part of the You Can Make It residential metal clay conference. If, like me, you have tried metal clay and love it, why not join us? You will learn so much from all the teachers and all your fellow metal clayers. People at all levels of experience with metal clay are welcome.

 

When? 24-26th March 2017

Where? Springfield Country Hotel Leisure Club and Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AL, England

 

What?

YCMI is a residential metal clay conference held in a spa hotel in Dorset. There is a selection of full day masterclasses, hands on sessions, demos and talks to choose from taking place over the weekend. There are so many techniques and projects you can learn over the course of the weekend – check out the website for all the information.

There is also the chance to get to know other metal clayers, take part in a charm swap (where you make a number of metal clay charms and swap with others to build up your own unique bracelet) and the ‘Your favourite make’ competition, visit the Make it Market and more.

The event is sponsored and subsidised to make it as affordable as possible. Check out the YCMI website for all the details and to book your place. You need to choose your masterclass and hands on sessions at the time of booking so don’t wait – you don’t want your favourite class to be fully booked before you get on! You can check class availability here.

 

Worldwide expert tutors

Tutors are travelling from all over the UK and the world and they include Wanaree Tanner, Anna Mazon, Joy Funnell, Tracey Spurgin, Julia Rai, Carol Douglas, Anna Campbell, Grainne Reynolds, Leigh Armstrong, Petra Cameron, Kim Paige, Shayna Bowles and a Japanese guest artist from Aida (manufacturers of Art Clay) tbc.

 

Check out the YCMI website for all the details and to book your place. I hope to see you there!

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs