I haven’t posted anything for a while because I have been busy trying to sell my house but I’m back now and although I am currently surrounded by packing boxes and piles of things ‘to sort’ I have been working on a few commissions which I will be posting about in the Studio Jewellery page.
A simple bangle with winding violet buds twisting around the two sides of the bangle and one open flower. It has been made for an ‘Annie’s mum’ who has always loved violets and it is going to be a gift from Annie and her two granddaughters who commissioned me to make the piece.
I love making and using flowers in my jewellery as I like to take something beautiful, that in real life is almost impossible to preserve, and create something lasting that will continue to give pleasure to the wearer. I am also fascinated by the connections and significance given to what flowers represent and mean, in this case spiritual wisdom, humility and faithfulness- qualities that I am certain will have been identified by Annie and her daughters in their mother and grandmother. The flower and buds have been made from silver sheet, wire and tube that have been hand cut, filed, formed and soldered in parts before careful and delicate assembly (not for the faint hearted!).
As with all commissions there is a personal expectation to finish a piece to an even higher standard than usual. It comes from knowing the background of and information about the recipient- the design and making process becomes very personal and as it develops I feel an increasing connection between myself and the recipient even if I haven’t met them directly. I can only hope then that Annie, her mum and her granddaughters will all be as pleased with the bangle as I am.
Charlotte Bouchard Jewellery can now be found at View, The Gallery near Okehampton.
View is a brand new gallery created by Gill and Derek who in their own words ‘appreciate the wealth of creative talent in the West Country’ and wanted to open a gallery to celebrate and promote that creativity and wide range of craft. The view from the gallery itself is outstanding and, as it changes constantly with the seasons, weather and the light, is a perfect backdrop to the high quality artwork on sale. If that isn’t enough to tempt you to visit, the café also serves up some tasty cakes and treats including handmade luxury ice cream!
Hope that you might make a visit if you are passing!
Update: Sadly, View The Gallery has now closed. 2016
Why not come along and see me at what promises to be an amazing weekend of style and entertainment? As well as all that is on offer from the main event, I will be trying out my first Blue Fizz Bridal event in the Very Vintage Wedding marquee. With a wide range of jewellery inspired by antique floral themes and incorporating vintage buttons and lace as well as little love birds and plenty of hearts and sparkles, there should be something for everyone. My jewellery is suitable for all special occasions because I believe we all deserve something beautiful, don’t you?
One of the nicest things about selling at events is that you get to meet such really lovely people. Not just the visitors and customers who give you such great and honest feedback but also the other exhibitors, organisers and support team.
At the weekend I spent a couple of days alongside several local businesses who were new to me including Made by Rose Red , Raindrop Yarns, Blueberry Hill Vintage and Onlyinthewild . It’s so nice to be able to get to know other people with small or evolving businesses, share our experiences and listen and give each other advice. More than that though, it is great to appreciate and be inspired by other people’s creativity and enthusiasm for what they do. Although it is often exhausting to prepare and attend these events, I always come back with a new energy and can’t wait to get back out in my workshop.
Events such as the Miss Ivy’s Revival at Cockington Court, Devon don’t just spring up overnight so also a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the months of planning and organisation as well smoothing out any problems on the days, especially Marissa at the Torbay Development Agency and Joanne and her team at Miss Ivy Events.
So, I’ve got to go now and get making and ready for the Crikey It’s Vintage event at Killerton House on the 21st and 22nd of June where I will be exhibiting a new collection of pieces suitable for weddings and special occasions. Looking forward to it and hoping to see you there!
My next outing with Charlotte Bouchard Jewellery will be on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014, 10.30am- 5.30pm at Cockington Court and Country Park, Torquay. This looks like it is going to be a really fun packed event and I hope that some of you may pop by for a visit.
The two day celebration will be full of live music, dancers, children’s entertainment and lots of stalls including vintage clothing, brocante and crafts, vintage vehicles, retro catwalk and Miss Ivy’s very own vintage cinema. Or why not get your glam on in the makeover parlour, photo booth, and enjoy the ‘make-do and mend’ themed workshops.
Miss Cherry Bomb, City Steam Jazz Band, Retro DJ, Swing and Lindy Hop dancers, Punch and Judy, Elfic the Jester, Dan Brazier the Magician, Falconry, World War reenactment tent. Workshops from Puddleducks, Honeysuckle Homes and Agathas Closet. Plus a fascinating collection of archive footage of Torbay through the years. Plus so much more!
No matter what your interest or age, this event will have something for everyone! Bring the family and enjoy this new event for Torbay!
Supporting local charity Torbay Holiday Helpers Network.
Well that was a great start – on the first day of having my jewellery at The Fountain of Health in Teignmouth – they sold 2 pairs of earrings by lunchtime!
If you are in the area, why not pop by and take a look at my work as well as the gorgeous block printed Fair Trade scarves which Sara designs and has made in Jaipur. Here is another picture to tempt you. Let me know what you think….