Sunday Times

GERALDINE FENN

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JEW­ELLER

I am a con­tem­po­rary jew­eller, so I de­sign and hand make my own range of jew­ellery. I’m also the founder and a direc­tor of Tinsel Gallery, which pro­vides a plat­form for lo­cal con­tem­po­rary jewellers to show their work.

Most of my jew­ellery is fig­u­ra­tive, and in­flu­enced by an­cient or vin­tage pieces. My favourite old pieces are ones that have faces in them, so this pair of ear­rings fea­tures draw­ings of a well-to-do Vic­to­rian cou­ple, done in my own rough kind of style.

A hand­made ob­ject is one that has been made by the de­signer’s own hand and is unique. It is im­por­tant to sup­port peo­ple mak­ing in this way be­cause these ob­jects are authen­tic and, be­cause com­put­ers are tak­ing over much of man­u­fac­tur­ing, and a lot of tra­di­tional hand skills are dy­ing out.

We’ve ex­hib­ited at the fair for years be­cause it is one of the few spa­ces open to a broad pub­lic that cel­e­brates lo­cal de­sign and craft.

The fair aligns with our brand in that we are all about be­ing “well-made in Africa” – we make orig­i­nal pieces of jew­ellery by hand and we sup­port oth­ers do­ing the same thing.

We are this year’s fea­tured de­sign­ers in the jew­ellery pavil­ion and are plan­ning a re­ally in­ter­est­ing stand that will en­gage peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

We go to the fair ev­ery year be­cause it’s a great way to con­nect with peo­ple and spread the word about lo­cal con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery.

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