It’s me, Athene, the face behind ‘The Brand’ – generally the one pulling the silly faces. I do try not to take myself too seriously, does it show at all?
I’ve made things ever since I was a small child, and always been obsessed with colour. I’ve been making and selling jewellery for 30 years, (eek, that actually sounds a tiny bit scary) but I definitely still learn something each and every day. The brand has developed of course, over the years, but still stays true to my core values. Have fun, look after the planet, embrace colour, be nice, and ALWAYS make a silly face if someone points a camera at you.
Always obsessed with tiny details, even as a small child. My first recollected project was a tea towel, on to which I sewed a selection of my favourite buttons. I was 4. My mum still has the tea towel, and all the buttons are still present and correct.
With a Grandfather who was a tailor on Berwick Street, and a mother who made most of our clothes throughout the 70s and 80s (including our bridesmaid dresses) I learned by watching and soaking it all up. From the tea towel I moved on to crochet, knitting, rag rugging, sewing clothes for Sindy (remember Sindy?) out of rose petals from the garden – which is just as fiddly as it sounds!
By 11 I was making my own clothes, (Sindy wasn’t that interested in my bias cut pale pink rose petals) and by 16 I was selling dresses I’d made to friends at school. I’ve spoken about the ill advised teenage ball gown before on social media – bottle green, wrapover bodice, princess length, ugh! So no need to repeat that and embarrass myself again.
I went on to an art foundation course at college, assuming I would study fashion, but was gently steered towards jewellery by my lovely tutor – the jeweller Susanna Heron. And the rest writes itself.
I studied first at Middlesex University and then at London Guildhall University’s Sir John Cass faculty of Art and Design, graduating in 1996 with a degree in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts.
Our newest team member, having joined us in May 2022.
Kim has lots of experience, with over 13 yrs as a full time jeweller. After the first lockdown she fancied a change and now loves coaching climbing, outdoor instructing and making jewellery part time.
When not working Kim loves all things outdoors! You’ll often find her on or in the sea, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding… and the rest of the time she’s probably dreaming of her next escape to the mountains!
Eleanor joined us in March 2020, only a week before we entered the first lockdown!
Eleanor is a whizz at all things technical and has done wonders with our website with her amazing graphic design skills. She’s also our in house model!
When not working Eleanor is a keen illustrator and loves all thing mushrooms!
Jess was our right hand man and kept us all organised. She started with the team in September 2018 and stayed until summer 2022. Jess is now working in education, although she stills helps us out where she can.
Jess is extremely creative in her spare time. She’s a master baker, and her sausage rolls are legendary . You’ll also find her at a football pitch, either watching her sons play or occasionally helping out with the coaching! She also took up sea swimming in 2022.
Jess brought attention to detail to her work, and nothing got past her eagle eyes. Whether packing orders, updating the ETSY shops or making up bracelets for stock, she did everything with a smile on her face. We miss her!
Sofia studied Art at Guernsey College of Further Education and graduated in 2015.
Having spotted her work at the Greenhouse Gallery in July 2015, we knew she’d fit right in. Sofia worked with us for three years but has now moved on to a new career in estate agency and we all wish her the very best of luck. We will continue to see her for some of our events and open studios, so you’ll still have the opportunity to say to say hi!