Pouss Jewellery Design

Pretty gift jewellery and workshops, Bristol UK

behind the scenes jewellery making

Designing the new charm collection - behind the scenes

CreativityAmanda TaylorComment
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September has always been like New Year for me, even long after I left school and University. In fact I enjoy it more than New Year (new stationery, warmer weather, my Birthday). I am back to my desk still working on a new collection of jewellery, one which has been many years in the making.

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I’ll be making a limited and seasonal collection of precious silver and gold charms, cast from original designs based on vintage pieces from my (significant) charm collection. This is something I dreamed of doing when I started to make jewellery, from my love of my Grandmother’s charm bracelet. Years ago I would sell the vintage charms that I found and sourced, but part of me couldn’t bear to let the really special ones go. These are the basis for my new designs, which are being beautifully cast for me in the UK by a fantastic maker.

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Casting in metal and designing the jewellery takes time, and I’m not rushing to get anything out until i’m 100% happy with it. I’ve taken the past few weeks over the summer to get back into designer mode, drawing, sketching and making, photographing everything I can, reading and sourcing colour inspiration everywhere. I’m still honing this down to a cohesive collection but once I’m there you will be the first to know. You can subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to hear about the limited collection launch when all of the pieces are ready.

I will still have my range of personalised jewellery too, in fact I hope that the new collection will be able to incorporate some personalised initial elements also.

-Amanda x

Storytelling through jewellery

Amanda TaylorComment
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If any of you have followed for a long while (and I mean long), you may remember that my jewellery always came with a story. Back in the day when I sold my vintage charms that I found I would write a little note with each piece to give some history of why I fell in love with it. I stopped doing that a long while ago and recently I wondered why?

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My love for jewellery evolved from childhood memories of pieces I remember my Mum and Nanny wearing. I was always someone fixated by the smells and touch of shell seagull shaped beads around my Mum’s neck when she comforted me on a baking summer day in Oxfordshire when the sky rained straw (yes, really!). I can remember the smooth feel of the glassy pearls coupled with her heady perfume on my Nan when she lifted me on her hip in my back garden on that hot summer day too. This jewellery brought a closeness to them, a thing to remember them and a moment in time with that has stayed with me. I don’t know why it evokes such strong memories for me, but maybe as a visual person I am more susceptible to these all senses memories. (side note: if you think this is also you, do read The Highly Sensitive person by Elaine Aron).

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I didn’t appreciate the impact these things had on me or how I could express them until I got into art school. Ideas were your bounty which you dealt out and executed piece by piece. I always found it cripplingly painful to show any of my artwork, it all felt far too invasive and personal, yet was obviously a huge part of being a successful art student.

Today I still feel that crushing sense of dread when having to show anything that I do. I don’t know why it feels too personal and raw. I know that other designers and artists feel this way too. So I’m starting slowly, by putting the stories back into my jewellery, piece by piece, so that you can read about why they are here and what they mean.

I may write the fuller stories behind the pieces as blog posts but for now I am going to update the descriptions of everything in my shop. Do check back if you’re interested, I will also post some on social media over the next few weeks.

-Amanda x

P.S - ‘Show your work’ by Austin Kleon is a great read, perfect for people like me who don’t like showing the world what you’re up to.