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Meet Scottish jewellery Kelly Munro -

Wooden Jewellery

Next up on our blog is an entry about ‘Wooden Jewellery’, it’s number five in our series which will be released throughout 2018. 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 Scottish jeweller Kelly Munro and what a skill she has at working with wooden jewellery!

Our month five showcase is all about wooden jewellery and products. This is not only a wonderfully sensitive material but also the material which marks the fifth wedding anniversary – a gift marked with wood. This year for us is all about celebrating our 1-10 years in business.  So during July, I will also be making new wooden jewellery. Plus recommending other brilliant independents who work in the same medium.

Wooden Jewellery Designer

The Background

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How did you and Sarah first meet?

I first met Sarah at West Dean College. I had signed up to do the ‘Sculptural Paper Jewellery’ course which Sarah was teaching. It was a really great week, I learned lots and still use paper in my practice today to plan and mock up pieces.

What are you doing at this stage in your career?

In the summer it will be five years since I graduated. I have been on a roller coaster ride with my small business, but I am finally quite settled at where my business is currently at. I am working on new designs all the time, experimenting along the way.

I am always looking for new and exciting stockists and exhibitions to apply for. I have a really loyal customer base which I am extremely lucky to have and I never thought when I started out that I would have a great wee business going after just 5 years.

What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

I would have to say receiving the jewellery award at New designers, it was such a huge deal for me at the time and I felt the exposure it gave to my graduate collection really helped to boost the start to my business.

Is there one piece of advice that you would give to someone thinking of starting their own creative business?

Don’t give up too quick. I’m sure at some stage every person trying to start up a business after graduating has thought ‘why am I doing this to myself?’ It can be financially tough, physically and mentally but persistence and a positive outlook on life can go a long way.

Women In Business

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How has running your business changed in the time you’ve been involved in the industry?

In my first couple of years of business I was a ‘yes’ person. I said yes to everything I was asked to do. I would make new work for every exhibition I was asked to do and I got to the stage I felt like I was on a treadmill, making lots but getting nowhere.
I have gradually over the years understood what actually makes me tick as a maker and have changed my business to suit that. I loved having work in so many spaces at once however I needed time to slow down my pace and make work that excited me again. I have recently also added small silver smithing pieces to my body of work and have gotten back into painting, which I would love to take forward and show in galleries.
Can you name a female role model (alive/dead) that you believe future generations should know about?
I have never had a particular role model as such, however I always find myself in awe of women running their own successful businesses. Designers such as Donna Wilson and Sheila Fleet are two that spring to mind that have their business for a number of years and are always working forward to the next new exciting project.
What’s your favourite material to work with and are there any you’d still love to explore?

I love working with metal. There is endless ways to sculpt, from, cut and texture it, its extremely satisfying to work with. With regards to other materials I would like to explore, absolutely.

I have recently started a ceramics class which I am looking forward to the outcomes of that. I would love to push my wood work in a different way and make it more 3D so looking at wood carving and turning would be a next step for me. I am open to using any materials as long as I feel like they suit my work, I have recently gotten back into using rubber which is very exciting!

Real Life Stuff

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What’s one thing that creativity has taught you about life?

To always see the beauty in things. When I was 18 I went for my interview at Edinburgh College of Art. There was a girl there that loved rust, the textures, the colours, the effect it had on other surfaces. I was so confused by this at the time as I had never been exposed to this way of thinking before, I just thought rust was an ugly and unwanted thing and that she had lost the plot.

Now it’s funny looking back to this as now I look at everything in a different light and in the same way that the girl looked at rust. My husband actually said to me last week ‘I love the way you see things, you think everything is beautiful’ as I was sitting looking out the window mesmerised by the falling snow. I think as a creative person we are tuned differently to how we look at the world, we often see the details that are overlooked by others.

What’s the most sentimental object that you own and why?

My engagement ring is my favourite thing that I own and I doubt I would ever be able to replace if I lost it. It’s a 1920’s ring that is just so unusual, I have never seen anything like it before, its very sentimental for obvious reasons.

What does priceless mean to you?

Something that means so much to you that you could never put a price on it.

Sarah

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