Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 and all that

love life necklace at Fourseven Collective

Looking back at 2012 I have such a lot to be grateful for, the most memorable being the formation of the Fourseven Collective and the opening of our gallery and shop at Heartlands, Cornwall in April. Being part of this group means not just having a great space to sell our work, but also support and encouragement from all the other artists.

bright dream locket at Two Red Trees

Support and encouragement are high on the agenda for Anna whose online website Two Red Trees offers original creations from British designers. I was delighted to be invited to join the site early this year, and Anna's vision and hard work on our behalf has resulted in her dream being realised and successful.

My sales on Etsy have continued to improve this year; I am thrilled to have reached 129 sales. Best of all is when I receive feedback from happy customers:

"The earrings are gorgeous, definitely one of a kind and they arrived extremely quickly, and beautifully packaged."
"Gorgeous different and funky. I'm wearing it every day! Thanks so much."
"Absolutely wonderful! The delivery was really fast and the seller was very helpful.Thank you very much for everything!! Keep making this wonderful stuff!!"

Elsewhere, I am lucky enough to have my work in the fabulous Tyto boutique in Falmouth, and Avellana Crafts in Mevagissey. 

Various lampshades made from reclaimed sheet music and vintage maps have been sold to places all over the world, including France, Germany, Greece, Canada, United States, Australia and New Delhi, India.

The lampshades have been featured in several publications this year, notably The Sunday Telegraph's eco-friendly features, Pretty Nostalgic magazine, My Cornwall magazine and Cornwall Today.

Most exciting was the request to supply a number of lampshades for Channel 4's series 'Kirstie's Vintage Home', where they were used to decorate Vintage HQ.

I have been privileged to be asked to create some very special custom-made jewellery this year, and I have been touched by the emotional connection that results.

One of proudest creations is the 'dream' bracelet that I designed and made to raise money for my sister's work with young mothers and babies in Vancouver, Canada.
'Spectrum Mothers Support Society' helps these vulnerable but courageous women and I am so happy to have sold 22 bracelets since October.

Another new exciting venture has been the development of a series of pendants featuring original paintings by Theresa of Unity of Heart. The artwork is created through meditation and represents the energy centres or Chakras.

Finally, I am delighted to have been invited to join Not On The High Street amazing online site as a new seller: watch this space!

So much has happened this year, too much to include here, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey so far. Happy New Year!

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