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Thursday 27 May 2010

Sluttery Interviews: handmadecharlie

Want to know more about our latest sponsored seller handmadecharlie? I had a chat with her earlier this week about her very very pretty jewellery over on All Things Original.

Tell us more about your range and what you do.

My name is Charlie Deeley. I studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at degree level, and have always dreamt of running my own business. Earlier this year, took the plunge and started handmadecharlie!

My contemporary silver jewellery has a vintage feel. I love to incorporate found fabrics and paper into my work. The handmadecharlie collection features a selection of retro floral prints, delicate snippets of pattern are preserved beneath a layer of clear resin.

What's a typical day like for you?

Sometimes I wish I had a typical day! Since I started handmadecharlie, everything has turned upside down. My business is taking its first baby steps at the moment, as things have taken off I have been able to devote more and more of my time to the business. I have a day job, if you like, for just a few days a week. It helps to pay the rent and keep me in polka dot dresses!

The days spent in my workshop are the best sort of days. I'm an early bird; by 7 o'clock I'm normally checking my emails with a cup of tea in my hand. Then it’s down to the workshop to put together any orders that have come in. I always have a 'to do list' on the go, my brain is mush without one. So the rest of the day is a mixture of designing, making and re-stocking sold items. Normally with a few hours devoted to photographing my work.

What inspires you?

Nature inspires me. I grew up in the countryside, so when it comes to aesthetic inspiration I will always come back to flowers and plant structures. My workshop has a view out over the garden. Right now there are blue tits nesting in the old oak tree. It’s so lovely to watch them coming and going. Quite distracting in fact!

What's next for you and your designs?

Right now I am very excited about a new collection of designs. I am returning to my silversmithing roots, creating a range of simplistic silver jewellery. It all about the flower petals and curly tendrils! I am set to have a new collection for the summer.

Which other designers on All Things Original should we check out?

I love Cassia Beck's photography. Such beautiful vintage images taken with an old school camera. I particularly like the hedgerow shots, cow parsley and buttercups in the sunlight, lovely!

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