SingleB Studio: My metals are all recycled and conflict free diamonds can be had upon request. So relax and enjoy your jewelry.
I like to make beautiful things with my hands. I especially like to make beautiful things that serve a purpose. That purpose (I hope!) is to make people feel happy and beautiful. I make everything by hand, by myself (well, my pug does snore away the day in my studio, keeping me company).
I like to work with silver and gold, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. I read a lot of books about ancient jewelry and this informs my design process. I like to think that my jewelry could be worn at any time in history! I love the fact that jewelry is one of the oldest arts, and that (almost) everyone likes to participate in this art, either by making jewelery or wearing it. Dressing up is an art in my mind.
I am beginning my journey to become a real goldsmith and I am loving every minute of it. I love jewelry, especially old jewelry…really old jewelry. Egyptian and Roman especially. I eventually aim to be able to make modern jewelry with an ancient feel.
Meet Helen from Storeyshop. She made a dramatic change and moved up to rural Northumberland from living and working in London 2 years ago. She says the lifestyle change has taken some getting used, but she is loving the quieter country life. Helen is engaged to the lovely Dave, and is busy wedding planning at the moment. She lives with her elderly 18 year old chinchilla named Seb.
Helen describers herself as creative, indecisive, organized and a perfectionist. Favourite things include cups of tea, packets of crisps, egg cups and other vintage household finds. She finds herself always creating one thing or another like Storeyshop orders, new products, greeting cards or presents for friends.
Helen is a bit of a quote geek and one of her favourites is ‘Eagles may soar but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines’. From here on out, I’ll let Helen speak for herself –
The artist says it best herself:
To spread feminism to the people. I think it’s important to remember the womyn who paved the way for us. I am excited to get womyn excited about feminism! Or just to get them excited about political fems! I am disgruntled with how you see mostly male revolutionaries on t-shirts but not fems….I am here to focus on the great womyn of our past.
She sells stenciled dresses and shirts featuring famous feminists — don’t recognize one of the names you see in her store? Consider it a sign that you need to do a little online searching and edumacate yourself. Check it out. By KM Stitchery.
Clare Bare: My main goal is to make people feel good about themselves. I make garments that accentuate the body, rather than cover it up, push it up, or transform it into something that it never could be. I don’t believe in clothing that is created to solve a problem- the flaw doesn’t exist until you design something for it. I feel that this is one reason why people are so unsatisfied with their bodies. You can buy a garment that will temporarily make you look “better” while you’re wearing it, but when you take it off you’re even more dissappointed than you were in the first place because you realize that it’s not the real you. My lingerie is constructed to frame your body, fit comfortably, and make you feel naturally beautiful as you should.
bio: Through bookbinding, costume and puppet making, and more recently, bag and accessory making, I have grown a strong attachment to leather. I love working with leather. It is completely unlike any other material, with its natural variations in texture, thickness, and absorptions of dyes. Each piece, whether it be a full hide or a scrap bin treasure, carries its own personality.
These characteristics, combined with my detailed, sometimes whimsical designs, form the basis for Twilight and Filigree ~ beautiful, functional and unique pieces for people like you to enjoy.