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Spotlight on Robyn Golding Jewellery!

In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were thrilled by the amazing designs entered!   So many of you wanted to know more about the designers behind the winning entries.
In part 1 of this series we featured Kim Styles who won 2nd Place in the competition.  And in part 2 we spoke to Vlad Zoldak who won 1st place for the amazing Interstellar Ring design.  Today we are speaking to Robyn Golding who won 3rd place for her innovative, mixed media Green Fingers Ring!
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Huge congratulations Robyn!  Your Green Fingers Ring is so unusual and innovative!  What was the inspiration behind the ring?

My inspiration came from the recycled materials I use in my work, as well as many found objects – in this piece it was from a small sapling, relating the piece into gardening enhanced by the literal interpretation of having green fingers.

 

How and when did your jewellery making journey start?

My interest in jewellery started at a very young age, I have grown up with my mum collecting, making and selling jewellery and always bringing home weird and wonderful items. I also grew up with the stories of my grandad making glass animals in Brighton and was always interested in following in this by creating my own jewellery/wearable art.

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Have you had any formal training?

I studied jewellery design at Hereford College of Arts and graduated with a 2:1 upper second class in 2013.

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Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next?

I have always been a magpie for collecting items on my travels at home and overseas, I have a huge collection of items that I draw inspiration from and use within my work, such as rocks, glass, plastics, bubble wands and much more. I also spent most of my childhood growing up by the beach and I love beachcombing, this has inspired my most recent collection of jewellery called ‘I can hear the sea’.

 

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What are your favourite techniques or medium? 

With my recent collection, I am using a lot of silver granulation, I love this technique as it is simple and can achieve excellent quick results, I also love to use lots of found objects within my work as I love the idea of recycling, repurposing and the history in a piece.

 

What are your favourite tools? 

I am a bit unconventional when it comes to some of the tools I use, although my torch, piercing saw and pliers and like extra limbs for me I also like using less conventional tools such as spoons to help stone setting and nails as centre punches, whatever is comfortable to achieve the desired finish.

 

What is your favourite thing(s) that you have made to date? 

As previously mentioned I am working on a new collection ‘I can hear the sea’ and since moving away to the countryside in 2015 my love for the sea is very important. I love all the pieces I make and get attached to a lot of my work once its completed which makes it very hard to part with but I am especially fond of some of the early pieces I made from my plastic doll series of work as I feel these reflect the beginning of my journey into becoming a mixed media jeweller.

 

What is next? 

I hope to build up my collection of work and eventually practice fulltime as I currently only make part time whilst working full time, I also aim to participate in more craft shows and build up my online presence.

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Where can we see more of your work?

My work can be found on instagram @ruegold.jewellery,  Facebook: Robyn Golding’s Proximo Jewellery and I sell my work on Etsy: Robyn Golding Jewellery.

 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us!  We just love your work and can’t wait to see your new collection and what happens next for you!   

 

 

Make 2017 the year your jewellery business shines!

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Our founder Jessica Rose teaches all of our jewellery business students that spending a little bit of your valuable time creating a plan for your business and reviewing progress regularly is fundamental to building a successful business and getting you to where you want to be.  Doing at least one thing each day for your business can pay dividends, and just think that doing at least one thing each day (more is great of course if you can manage!) then after a year that is at least 365 things you have done to build your business!

But where do you start?  What tools do you use to structure your ideas, thoughts and priorities?  How can you make sense of the 100s of balls you have to juggle as a business owner?  Running a creative business is hard work and there aren’t always enough hours in the day!   Plus you have a creative mind – let’s face it, we didn’t really start our creative businesses to spend our time creating cash flow forecasts and tax returns!

That’s why we are so excited to share this fab new monthly planner aimed at aimed at creative product-based businesses such as jewellery businesses that recently launched its Kickstarter campaign!  DREAM, PLAN, DO is the brainchild of our good friend Patricia Van Den Akker of The Design Trust.

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Patricia is an extremely knowledgeable business coach, trainer and advisor with over 15 years experience and she has channelled all her knowledge into DREAM PLAN DO to help creatives run successful businesses doing what they love!

This monthly planner will help you plan strategically for your business, prioritise your time, and help you take practical actions each month to get you there in a simple yet structured way. Each month will have a theme that builds on the previous month meaning you are focusing on the right things at the right time of year making it easy for you to focus on what matters the most.

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DREAM PLAN DO Monthly Planner – photographs by Yeshen Venema

Do check out the Kickstarter campaign here and learn more about how this monthly planner might be the tool that helps you lift your business to the next level in 2017!

We are proud to be an affiliate partner of Dream, Plan, Do which means that we get a small commission if you decide to support the Kickstarter Campaign. We only recommend products and courses that we think are practical and useful for our audience of jewellery designers and creatives, and having worked closely with Patricia over the years know how amazing this tool is going to be for you and your business!

Behind the scenes at Create and Craft TV

Metal clay tutor Anna Campbell made her live TV debut for the London Jewellery School on Create and Craft TV last week. She gives us a behind the scenes look at what goes into making the show

 

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Earlier this year our founder and director Jessica Rose appeared for the first time on the shopping channel Create and Craft TV, showing a metal clay starter kit in action. It was very popular and Jess and the Create and Craft team decided to bring more London Jewellery School products and online courses to the channel. It was decided to continue the focus on metal clay. In January this year I had filmed the ‘torch fired stone setting in silver clay’ for Jewellery School Online so a stone setting kit was put together, along with the online course, to sell on the shows. Jess asked me if I would like to do the live TV demos and, of course, I said yes!

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Screen tests and samples

There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing to go on live TV. Firstly, I needed to travel up to Peterborough, where Create and Craft film their shows, to do a screen test. This was a fifteen minute demo of what I can do to check that I would be OK on camera. There’s a whole list of things you can and can’t say, can’t wear (some patterns etc can look funny on camera!) and there was even a helpful video to watch of dos and don’ts!

I had my screen test with presenter Martyn Parker who had just been on air so must have been ready for a break! To be honest, in my view it didn’t go that well! My metal clay wasn’t behaving but I was able to keep talking and was passed to go on live TV! It was a great learning experience and made me really think very carefully about getting everything ready for the real thing.

I needed to have lots of samples of finished pieces that could be made with both the beginners kits and the stone setting kit to show. This really helps people get inspiration about the finished products that can be made with the tools and the online classes. I also needed some ‘here’s one I made earlier’ pieces so there was no waiting around on the show. Luckily, Jess had the finished samples that she had used previously for the beginners kits so I could focus on the stones. I went to LJS to pick up some samples from the stone setting silver clay class and put them on chains and cords. I also made some more pieces myself to take for display and to show as work in progress.

 

On the day

My shows were at 4pm and 7pm on 7th October. I was glad that they were later in the day as I could travel up from home and back in a day.

When I arrived I went into the green room to get ready. I got changed and did my makeup and hair (sadly there are no make up artists to do that for you!). Then I was able to go into the studio to set up the display of jewellery and the demonstration area. You have to be quiet in there as the live show is filming in the same studio so I tried not to drop anything!

The staff in the studio were so helpful, helping me set up the jewellery, unravelling chains and generally remembering the stuff that I might have forgotten! There was a bit of concern about the torch firing demonstration. It is something we do safely every day in our own studios at LJS but I understand that they don’t regularly use butane torches and so were a bit wary!

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First live show

I was so lucky to have Natasha McCarty to work with as my first presenter on live TV. She had previously done a show with Jess and was excited about the silver clay. She really helped keep me at my ease and I so appreciated that as I was nervous. I did find that the time flew by and I quickly just got on with talking about the clay and doing the demonstration and forgot the five cameras that were pointing at me!

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Feedback and making new samples

After the first show I went back to the green room for tea and custard creams! The producer came down to talk to me and asked if we could change the second show slightly to get to the polishing of a piece earlier. I could understand why, it’s important for people who hadn’t seen it before to be able to see how the clay turns into silver and the firing and polishing is the magical part.

This did mean, however, that I had to quickly made some new samples for the later show. I did this and dried them on the top of the kettle!

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Final show

My final show of the day was with Andy Love. He had been on air during the previous hour so I didn’t get much time to talk to him before the show started but he was also great to work with. I did two torch firing demonstrations in this hour (I’m sure they loved that!), one demonstrating the basic kit and one showing the glass setting.

Then it was time to pack everything back up to get the train home.

It was a long, tiring day but I really enjoyed the experience and hopefully I will get a chance to do it again!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Could you be our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year?

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We are so excited about launching our competition to find the London Jewellery School Maker of the Year 2016!  Taking part is a great chance to promote your work, get exposure and, of course, bag some fab prizes.

The competition is open to everyone – you don’t need to have taken a Class with us – you just need to love making and creating beautiful jewellery, and we are accepting entries from jewellers in the UK and internationally!

The competition will be judged on:

Design – we are looking for innovative and original designs that are all your own!

Technique – we are looking for excellent application of one or more jewellery making techniques!

Presentation – great photos and presentation of your work is essential for selling and creating a great impression.

 

How it works:

One entry only please – multiple posts on the competition Facebook Post will be deleted and your entry may be disqualified! And no links to your shops please – this is a design competition!

Simply post between 1-3 pictures of your selected piece of jewellery that has been handmade by you along with a comment about what the inspiration for the piece was and the title of your piece on our Facebook Competition thread that you can find here.

Your piece can be any design and made up of any material, the only requirement is that it has been made by you.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21st August 2016.

The top 5 entries will be announced on 31st August and added to our website and promoted as the finalists by LJS on our blog and social media channels.

The winner will be announced on Friday 5th September 2016.

This competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.

 

The Prizes:

1st – £250 Voucher for LJS (which can be used on any Classes (face to face or online) + a fab selection of Tools for your jewellery making Toolkit
2nd – £100 voucher and a selection of Tools for your Toolkit
3rd – A signed copy of Jessica Rose’s Bead & Wire Fashion Jewellery Book.

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The Judges:

The competition will be judged by a panel of LJS Tutors who are all professional and established jewellers.

If you have an queries or questions please contact us at karen@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk!

Good luck to all those who enter!

FREE Jewellery Making Workshop on 23rd & 24th July @Southbank Centre from 12-4pm!

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Fancy doing a spot of making this weekend?  We would love to you join our founder, Jessica Rose, for a FREE jewellery making workshop as part of Fashion Undressed Festival at the Southbank Centre on 23rd and 24th July from 12-4pm!

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You will learn how to make a funky perspex charm bracelet which is yours to keep and there will be loads of other workshops celebrating style and creativity – from the street to the catwalk, along with art, culture and performance.  It is sure to be a great day out!

For more information about the event  click here!

We hope to see you there!

A Letter to Jewellers worried about how Britain Leaving the EU will affect Business…

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Many jewellers and crafters running their own handmade jewellery businesses (and any small business owner for that matter) may be understandably worried about how the recent result that Britain will be leaving the EU, may impact their jewellery business.

Professional jeweller’s recent article talks about 90% of designer businesses voting remain http://www.professionaljeweller.com/bfc-survey-reveals-90-of-designer-businesses-against-brexit/ which is no surprise given the business impacts.

We can’t change what has happened, whether we want to or not, but there are some practical steps we can take to protect and improve our businesses (babies!) for the time-being…

 

  1. The pound is low – so it is a great time to be selling overseas 

Americans, Europe and most places in the world can buy your jewellery at a significant discount to them (without you charging any less at the moment) due to exchange rates and the low value of the pound.

To capitalise on this, why not use this time to promote your business more overseas? Target customers in other countries who fit your target audience, Facebook and Social Media Ads can be a great way to reach a specific demographic looking at their interests and location. If they love handmade jewellery and live overseas, now may be the time to reach out to them with a great offer?

In order for this to work you need to keep an eye on the market as it changes. If you go to http://www.xe.com/currency/gbp-british-pound you can see verified up-to-date information on what the exchange rate is each day.

 

  1. Don’t panic!

We don’t know what is going to happen, and that can be scary! However you feel about the vote, for your business it is important that you keep calm and carry on as usual.  There will always be ups and downs in business and now is the time to look at the things you can control (e.g. your spending, your prices, your marketing, your brand messages) and those that you can’t (e.g. the global market, the economy, the results of the referendum).

 

  1. Utilise the materials you have in stock.

I know most jewellers don’t keep a huge amount of stock, especially when we are making to order. As the cost of raw materials may have increased for those of us in the UK (and this is likely to be a temporary reaction to uncertainty) it is a great time to use up any old materials, beads, silver, gold or scrap you have in the workshop. Why? Because you brought these before the pound value dropped so effectively they were cheaper. Of course we will all have to buy new materials and accept price increases for that too which leads me on to my next point…

 

  1. We are all in the same boat, let’s help each other out 🙂

Small businesses in Britain are struggling a bit at the moment, mainly out of fear and then the reality of changes. So let’s come together and help each other out. Don’t forget we are all in the same boat, if prices of goods increase that will be the same across the board, so remember whatever you are going through, you are not alone.

Let’s help each other out today – let us know your top tip for getting through any difficult times in business (can be anything) in the comments below. Whatever it is may really help someone else struggling.

 

  1. Be open in your business and flexible to changes

This one applies in any circumstance – the businesses most open minded and adaptable to change are the ones that survive through difficulties and change. If a certain line isn’t working for you, look at alternatives. If you feel that selling your work is going to be tough with cost increases, can you work with more affordable materials? If sales are low, what can you do in your marketing to reach your customers? How can you diversify your income? There is always a way and you can do it, keep an open mind and give it some thought as to how you can adapt as the next few years play out.

 

  1. Remember your overarching vision – why you are doing this! 

Remember why you started your business in the first place, or if you are just starting out, remember why you want to do this. Think of your vision for your business, what you want it to be in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years time. We are in this for the long-run. Whatever business you are in or whatever job you are in, no one has 100% security.  Most jewellers choose this line of work out of a love and a passion for it, for design, for the materials, for the freedom of working for yourself, for the look on the customers face when you had over a bespoke piece, knowing that you are helping to make others feel happy, loved and appreciated in the world.

 

  1. Don’t give up!

There is a lot of mixed messages and fear around at the moment which is completely understandable. But businesses face ups and downs. This just happens. Since starting the London Jewellery School we have faced at least 10 business crises that threatened our future over the past 7-8 years but you keep going, work hard and get through them. There will still be jewellery in the future and someones got to make it, so why not make that person you.

I don’t know if times will be hard or if they will be good, but I do know that there are things we can all do to make them better, in our businesses. I mentioned I would love to hear any of your top positive tips on how you plan to deal with changes in your business, even if it’s as simple as ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

Thinking of you all and wishing you the best of success and longevity in your jewellery businesses for this year and many more to come.

 

Jessica x

 

Jessica Rose, Founder, London Jewellery School & Jewellery School Online

Twitter: @jessicaroseldn

FREE Hallmarking Workshop at the London Jewellery School – 23rd June

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We have teamed up with our friends at the London Assay Office to offer you a FREE Hallmarking workshop at our London Studio on Thursday 23rd June from 6.30pm.  The workshop will be packed with information about Hallmarking including the following topics:

  • An introduction to hallmarking
  • The Hallmarking Act
  • How to register
  • Choosing the most appropriate punches and sponsor marks
  • Submitting articles and completing hallnotes
  • How items are tested and marked
  • Hints and tips
  • Why The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office?

There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have!

Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited, so to reserve your place, please RSVP by 3rd June to info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join us for an An Evening with Jessica Rose

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Wednesday 29 May       7pm-9pm

Jessica Rose doesn’t just talk about growing a business, she puts what she says into practice every day growing London Jewellery School from a few classes to an expanding internationally recognised brand in just four years.

Now, in a a special LJS networking event, Jessica will talk about developing a company in the creative sector and answer your questions.

Starting with £15k and a few jewellery classes in south London, LJS is now the UK’s largest independent jewellery training centre attracting students from all over the world.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing and now Jessica draws on her experiences good and bad to teach other people founding their own businesses. She is an inspirational role model to other budding entrepreneurs, as well as continuing to develop her own business.

She was recently recognised for her achievements, winning the Artemis Award for businesswomen under 25 at the prestigious NatWest everywoman Awards.

In this special LJS event Jessica will share lessons on growing a successful business in the creative sector to inspire other people to build their own creative enterprises.

In this exclusive event Jessica will discuss:
·       Entrepreneurship
·       The importance of inspiration and innovation
·       Growing a company rather than a business
·       Overcoming challenges
·       And working out your role in your own business.

Jessica’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session and then informal networking over drinks as well as an opportunity to find out more about the LJS franchise scheme, business courses and see the new LJS studio.

This event is of interest to anyone with or considering starting a jewellery business or one in another creative field.

To book your place please email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk.

Vote Rosie: LJS tutor is a jeweller to watch

display 2aWe are delighted to announce that LJS tutor Rosie Sanders has been chosen as one of the top ten up and coming jewellers to take part in the KickStart programme for International Jewellery London (IJL), the biggest jewellery trade show in the UK.

As part of the KickStart programme Rosie will be exhibiting on a group stand in IJL’s prestigious Design Gallery in September as well as previewing her new 18ct. gold vermeil enamel collection called ‘Renaissance Rebel’ in Leeds & Edinburgh in May and June.

This year the public and the jewellery industry will be able to choose their favourite from the ten selected KickStart jewellers through an online vote. The winner receives the People’s Choice Award which grants them a free stand at IJL 2014 to help grow their business.

In response to being chosen Rosie said that she “is extremely honoured to have been selected for KickStart at IJL. It’s a brilliant opportunity to showcase my designs, to meet buyers and to introduce my brand of neoclassical couture, but most importantly to meet and connect with other jewellery lovers from around the world.”

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At LJS we are very pleased to see Rosie’s success as one of this year’s KickStarters and will be supporting her People’s Choice campaign. To help Rosie win this amazing opportunity you can vote for her via a number of social media channels:

On Twitter: Follow @jewellerylondon & tweet ‘@jewellerylondon I vote for @SandersRosie TO WIN #KickStartVote #IJL2013 #LJS’

On Instagram: Follow @jewellerylondon AND post a picture of Rosie or one of her pieces with the following message ‘@jewellerylondon I vote for @rosie_sanders_jewellery TO WIN #KickStartVote #IJL2013 #LJS ’

On International Jewellery London Website: Voters may also cast their votes directly at www.jewellerylondon.com

On Professional Jeweller online magazine where there is an online poll at:  http://www.professionaljeweller.com/ and you can see who is winning after placing your vote!

Please do show your support by voting for Rosie to win this years People’s Choice Award.

Voting closes in two weeks on the 31st of May so get voting NOW!

London Jewellers’ Meetup: Hear from award winning designer Shaun Leane

If you are working in the jewellery sector whether for someone else or running your own business then there is a new date for your diary.

This month sees the launch of a new monthly networking event aimed at bringing together members of the jewellery community including early-stage jewellery business owners, designers of established brands, and businesses, groups or individuals involved in the industry in some way.

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Shaun Leane receiving a recent award

The first event takes place on the 14th May at the Christopher Hatton Pub on Leather Lane, where award winning jewellery designer Shaun Leane will be speaking around the theme of ‘Workshop to Worldwide’ – something that many growing jewellery businesses can relate and aspire to. There will be the opportunity to meet Shaun as well as many other jewellery designers, businessmen and women so this is an event not to be missed.

The group, named London Jewellery Meetup was formed out of the realisation that there are too many start-up businesses and brands that don’t have anywhere to go for advice and support. Through networking and sharing with other members, this support can be provided, and can hopefully lead to the development and growth of these businesses now and in the future.

The London Jewellery Meetup has been put together initially by collaboration between Joshua Kovacs of IBB and Jessica Rose, founder of the London Jewellery School with an aim to creating a long-term self-sufficient event that can be accessed and utilised by everyone involved in the jewellery industry.

‘It is often easy to forget that there is a whole community of jewellers out there that have done or are doing similar businesses to you, by offering a neutral platform to meet, learn from and engage with others we hope to help build a more collaborative industry with a sustainable future that we can all benefit from’  says
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Guest speaker Shaun Leane, recent winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Jewelry China international designer of the year award, when speaking of the Meetup said:  ‘I was excited to hear about the London Jewellery Meetup and am honoured to be a part of it. With the right support and encouragement, there is great potential for even more of our talented British jewellers to succeed at home and abroad.’

For full information on the event including signing up for future events, visit the meet up page http://www.meetup.com/Jewellery-Meetup/