Thursday, 5 December 2013

Jewellery Showcase - Anabelle Lou

Anabelle Lou is our very own Anna Munday who works as the Arts Marketing Officer here at the Old Fire Station...on her days off though, she creates beautiful, bright and bold pieces of jewellery using tapestry techniques and vintage threads.

We asked her a few questions...

Okay, let’s start with an introduction…tell us something interesting about yourself and give us the quick lowdown on what you make and do. 
I live and work in Oxford where I grew up and I make jewellery. I love texture and work with all kind of beads, fabric, silks, and current use tapestry techniques to produce my new jewellery designs.

What objects, people, places or spaces influence and inspire you?
Bright colour is the main focus for me but I find inspiration can come from anywhere, especially history. I’ve got a vast collection of clippings and photos that include artefacts in museums, patterned rugs and bright 200 year old tea sets – to name a few! Most of the time though I find ideas pop into your head while you’re doing everyday things - taking a shower or doing the washing up.

What do you do when you’re not making? Or is it a full-time job? 
I work in marketing here at the Old Fire Station but when I’m not doing that you’ll find me baking cakes or visiting National Trust houses or Cotswold villages.

Do you listen to anything when you’re when you’re working?
I find it hard to work in silence so I’ll either have the radio playing in the background or pop on a TV series I’ve watched an uncountable number of times.

What’s the single best piece of advice you can give to someone starting out in jewellery design?
Always make time for creativity. Regardless of whether you’re selling or making it for fun, always make sure you make space in your life for it.

What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Setting aside that time and struggling when you have a creative block.

And the most enjoyable?
Creating something that people want to wear, or give as presents. Just knowing that it came from the ideas in your heads and was made by your hands is the best bit.

Do you have a favourite handmade item that you own, or would love to own?
I have this amazingly over the top, incredibly fussy silk and brass necklace I got on holiday while in Portugal a few years ago. I’m also in love with Jessica Light’s incredible brightly coloured tassels – I’d happily own one of these!

Here's a little look at just some of the pieces we will be showing in the Jewellery Showcase tonight.
If that's whetted your appetite come and join us on the opening night (Thursday 5th December from 5.30 - 8pm) and all throughout December.

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