Meet Superfrilly jeweller Sally Collins -
Our second blog in our designer interview series is on the subject of textile jewellery. This series is all about showcasing some of the amazing women who have supported, inspired and been part of Saloukee’s 10 year story in business.
Today we are speaking with Superfrilly jeweller extradordinaire Sally Collins and what a feast for the senses this lady brings with her brilliant jewellery!
Our month two showcase is all about textile jewellery and in particular the use of cotton. This material is our month two because cotton is the gift given for the second wedding anniversary. This year for us is all about celebrating our 1-10 years in business. So during April, I will also be making new cotton jewellery. Plus recommending other brilliant independents who work in the same medium.
Yikes I am really not sure!!!! I take great pride in seeing people wear my work, so although it’s a small accomplishment, every time I see someone wearing something of mine I am delighted, especially when I don’t know them at all! I remember once when I was teaching at Birmingham, a student came in on her first day of the BA, she was wearing one of my smaller necklaces- I think her mum has bought it for her from the Lustre Craft Makers Market in Nottingham.
She didn’t realise I was going to be teaching her- it was a joyful moment! I was recently contacted by the super talented singer/ songwriter Elli Ingram– she wore some of my work on tour and that was a huge pleasure as well!
Aside from this, some of my bigger achievements have been exhibiting work with Alternatives Gallery at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in London and selling a piece to a big American collector, being featured in Grazia magazine in the same edition as the Will & Kate Royal Wedding, being selected for the prestigious Lucca Prezioza Young exhibition in Florence and meeting some of my jewellery heroes at Munich Jewellery Week this year, only to have them tell me they love my work in return (wahoooo!!!!!).
Women In Business
How has running your business changed in the time you’ve been involved in the industry?
Real Life Stuff
Creating something, making something that comes from my own brain gives me a unique buzz- something I can’t get from anywhere else, or from anyone else. I’ve learnt to trust in this and trust my own design sensibilities- I’m not saying my work is amazing, or perfect and maybe a lot of people don’t like it at all- but when I make something and I get that fizzy warmth and lift in my heart I know I have got it right. If someone else loves it or values it that’s amazing, but my own reaction is the one I value the most. Gosh I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant?! I just know in the creative industry you have to love your own work- you can’t rely on other people to praise it all the time!!!
What’s the most sentimental object that you own and why?
I don’t know that I have a particular sentimental object- I love things that remind me of memories/ places/ people/ times in my life and I am definitely attached to a number of objects, but I also try really hard not to get too attached to physical things. Mainly because I’m a bit clumsy- if I become terrified of losing or breaking something because it’s so precious to me then guaranteed I’ll drop it down the loo or trip over it and break it!!! Or just lose it! So I’m going to say my hands! I am very tactile person, I obviously love making and using my hands to create, but I am also quite gesticular when I talk, and I love the tactility of materials and always want to touch everything! I also used to hate my hands because they’re those classic jewellers hands- a bit stumpy and worn with plenty of scars and absolutely no nails! I have learnt to love them now!