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Your collections have a very tactile feel to them; is this something you aim for? Definitely! I’ve always been fascinated by the particular qualities of materials, and how these can be brought out by different processes. I really enjoy the contrast between the look and feel of the pom pom pieces and the French knitting pieces in the new collection, both of which start off as a ball of wool!


You use a wonderful mix of materials and textures in your collections; what accounts for this?


I think using both vintage and ethically produced materials, rather than only using one or the other, accounts for the interesting combinations and the often contrasting textures within a single piece.


Your work incorporates traditional techniques such as knitting; are you drawn to the traditional? I’m definitely drawn to traditional


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techniques, but at the same time, creatively I’ve never been one to do things by-the-book! I really enjoy taking somewhat unfashionable techniques (like French knitting!) and making something really thoughtful and hopefully beautiful.


You run a very eco-conscious and ethical business; is this something that is particularly important to you? Yes, it’s very important to me in how I live and particularly how I shop, as well as in my work. It’s a challenge to shop ethically and even more of a challenge to run an ethical business, but the only way that’ll ever change is if we all do as much as we can, now.


Choosing ethical and eco-friendly materials to work with must restrict your choice; how do you feel this affects your designs/ collections? I mentioned earlier using both vintage materials (e.g. chain) and ethically produced materials (e.g organic fairtrade cotton) and I think


this is key to how I’ve chosen to respond to the limitations of trying run an ethical business. Hopefully at some point in the future I’ll have a much wider choice of ethical materials to work with, but until then I think there’s still a lot of mileage left in combining stunning vintage chains, pom poms and French knitting!


We love the cosy tactile feel of your knitted jewellery collections; what was your inspiration for these collections? I think the new collection as a whole is a little more romantic than perhaps previous collections and there’s definitely a connection to lace and the detailing of vintage clothing. I love the cosiness of autumn and winter, combined with the twinkling brightness of the festive season, so I definitely had that feel in mind when I was designing the collection.


Do you have a favourite design that you have created and why? I think in this collection I’m most


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