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recycle silver instead and this is how I started making jewellery from antique silver teaspoons. I make rings, pendants and brooches from teaspoons and it’s so nice to work with objects that are old and worn and have such a history. I don’t try to hide this fact either and each item made from a teaspoon comes with a little card that explains its origins - you can find out when a teaspoon was made, where it was made and by whom simply by studying its hallmark. I am also currently trying to source recycled silver sheet and wire so that all of my jewellery can be made using recycled silver - if anyone can help me with this endeavour, I’d be very grateful.

Another material I use a lot is sea glass. I’m very lucky to live on the east coast of Scotland and particularly in

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Fife as, a long time ago, there were quite a few bottle/glass factories in this area and it was quite common for these places to dispose of waste glass directly into the sea. These shards of glass have been tossed and smoothed by the oceans over the decades and now appear on the beaches where I walk the dog and I come home with pockets full of sea jewels on a daily basis!

I’ve been running Milomade now for a couple of years, but still feel that I’m a bit under the radar and un-noticed as I don’t get many sales online. I’m hoping this will change sooner or later; I’ve done most of my selling through craft fairs and events which I really enjoy, as I get to meet the people buying my work. I would like to sell more online and I’m also working on getting my work

into shops this year and, amazingly, through facebook, I have had a few wholesale enquiries which is great, especially as I’ve only been on facebook for a month. Fingers crossed this trend continues.

Whose work do you admire?

I love the work of illustrators, I guess it’s because I can’t draw and I admire people who can. My three favourites are Nick Dewar, Jill Calder and Lucy Player. Nick was a genius and dear friend who sadly passed away earlier this year and I miss him a great deal. His illustrations are just amazing, I love his colour palette and his humour - he was a very talented guy. I also love the work of Lucy Player and have bought some of her prints – she works with line drawings and I love the simplicity of her illustrations. I’m also a huge admirer of Jill Calder. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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