We are very pleased to welcome the excellent jewellery designer Nicola Crawford to IndependentBoutique.com. Nicola’s latest collection ‘With Love’ was inspired by illegible handwriting on old postcards that were signed with love and kisses. We chat to Nicola about her designs and the messages behind them.
How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?
My jewellery is based on the lost art of letter writing, I try to design pieces that are contemporary yet will evoke the feeling of times gone by. I like to think my pieces are little messages that can be given to a loved one to cherish
What sort of comments do you get about your designs?
That it’s nice to find something that’s a bit different and well made
What is your background?
I did a foundation degree in Art and Design then went on to complete a degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts, graduating with a first class BA (hons) in July 2011
Which designers do you rate highly and why?
I love Jessica de Lotz’s design style the way she tells a story through her designs, she’s also a lovely friendly person, who completely lives her brand. I also really like Ros Millar’s organic jewellery, it would be the kind of jewellery I’d wear if I wasn’t wearing my own.
Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…
First I start by going around antique shops looking for inspiration, things like old letters and other things with hand writing on like postcards. I then study them and think about what they mean. Once I have an idea in my head I go straight onto the computer using a program called Rhino I start creating the designs. The finished files are then sent of to be cast into silver. These components are sent back to me to file, sand, polish and make into pieces of jewellery. I also have some pieces that are completely handmade such as the single kisses studs which are hand pierced. Although the inspiration is from the past the making process uses modern technology.
How do you think your brand has developed?
It’s still in its early days but I’m happy that I’ve already managed to develop two collections and remain true to my brand image. I’m excited to have been chosen to show at New Designers One Year On this summer and the Goldsmith Centre Opening exhibition.
What do you hate most about your job?
Paper work, especially book keeping and tax returns!
What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future
Gaining a first class at university, being selected to take part in the Goldsmiths Getting Started course, being chosen to exhibit at New Designers, I’m currently working on getting press coverage and finding new stockists. Hopes for the future are becoming a recognised brand.
What advice would you have for anyone starting out in (your field)?
Stay true to your designs, work hard and be determined to succeed.
Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?
Because Britain is renowned for quality.
Shop the entire Nicola Crawford collection here.