You may have guessed already that I am obsessed with books and crafts and arty things so I thought I'd give you a glimpse into the methods and madness behind creating a collection.
I use two different methods. The first is to start with a stand alone painting/design, such as one of my lady heads, and then create illustrations around that one piece until it forms a cohesive group of designs.
The initial pencil sketch
The second is to start with a theme, in this case, a love of vintage, animals and tattoos, and plan the illustrations around that central theme.
I normally work with pen and ink on watercolour paper, sometimes adding elements or adjusting things digitally after the painting is complete. But this time I decided to do the whole collection digitally on my wacom tablet.
My inspiration board complete with maps, postcards and vintage bits and bobs...
This process involves doing a sketch of the design in pencil. Scanning it into the computer and creating a line drawing from that sketch. I then select the colour palette and add shading and fine details.
The finished line work printed out. I decided to change some elements.It sounds quick and easy when written in one sentence but the whole process takes a 1-3 days for each individual illustration.
'Talk is Cheap' and Blue Butterfly illustration
Once the illustrations are finished we send the designs to our specialist metal factory who prints and die cuts the shape out of solid stainless steel.
Back in our studio we assemble the jewellery, adding chains and jump rings to pendants, attaching earring hooks and glueing cardigan clips.
Then we package the brooches, earrings and necklaces on our cute Jubly-Umph cards and they are ready to go! The whole process takes approximately 2-3 months to complete.
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Xo Jubly-Umph XO
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You know you are a badass feminist babe but sometimes you feel like you need a little something to help you display this to the world. A token perhaps, or a little saying. Something that, every time you look down at your shirt or catch sight of your bag, you are reminded of it and smile to yourself...
Jubly-Umph feminist enamel lapel pins are just the thing you need! they serve as little reminders you can wear every day. reminders that you are brave and strong. That you can take on the world, become a hero or just tell everyone to fuck off(some days are like that)!
They are little and gold and shiny and let you display your girl power pride!
I have a confession to make- About 18 months ago I made a big mistake that almost ruined my business. I lost sight of what my purpose was and I focused on just investing more and more money and almost bankrupted myself.
A big part of this was around the creation of handbags. The time they take to design and make, the cost involved in ordering them and then numbers of bags I had to make meant that there was little time and effort left for creating other things.