aking your own Earl Grey infused Gin may seem a diversion from the jewellery and accessories I usually post about, but well, I still consider this to be in the creative wheelhouse! It's a delightful bit of home experimentation, and a splendid end to a session in the studio.
You might think that commissioning your very own jewellery is a fancy process, reserved for people with hundreds to spend, for whom off the peg is just an awful idea dahling. Well, if you want a simple pair of earrings, or two matching brooches, or perhaps to spend hundreds of pounds or more on something really special, you are totally entitled to get what you want!
Here are my six tips to hopefully make reaching out to a designer less intimidating.
Search around and approach someone whose work you like, and who already does something similar.
This might seem like common sense, but it's worth saying for two reasons.
Firstly, there's a practical skill side. If you have an idea for a skull encrusted gold ring, you should probably approach someone who makes rings, rather than say, someone who makes festival crowns. Unless they make gold skull encrusted ones, in which case, there may be a cross over they are happy to try out! Secondly there's a style side. If you have an idea for a complex gold skull encrusted ring, you probably shouldn't be approaching someone who only ever makes simple rings covered in flowers and birds. Unless you want to incorporate their style into yours, and get skulls, flowers and birds.