Sunday, 15 November 2015

Popping the collar on Karen Fox

I think one of the coolest jobs in the art industry is jewellery making. To make something unique that someone {or yourself} can wear is like carrying around a piece of their creativity- and that is a very special thing. 

I bought my beautiful ring from Karen Fox, a very talented jewellery maker based in North London. Karen's projects tend to have a historic angle, she finds the Elizabethan era fascinating, with its fine detailing, opulence and dramatic scale. Her 'Ruffle' range is inspired by Elizabethan collars.

Meet Karen Fox:

Karen grew up in a family of engineers and artists in Devon. After moving to London, Karen found herself working in a job which stifled her creativity. After realising that she needed an artistic outlet she enrolled on an evening class at the City Lit in Jewellery and Silversmithing. 

Once Karen's children had started school, she completed a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery at The Cass, London Metropolitan University. Since 2011 Karen has been building up her jewellery business by taking part in shows around the country and selling her work through shops and galleries.  
When I asked Karen what her favourite part of jewellery making is she said when things turned out the way she imagined them to be. She talks about making jewellery as being both a physical and mental task and that you are very much in the moment. The handmade techniques of forging and soldering on each piece means that they all have individual quirks. 

As well as making stunning jewellery, Karen enjoys sewing. Her degree show collection was made from pleated and sewn stainless-steel mesh cloth.

" I used to knit, crochet and sew as a teenager- I've made a fair few curious jumpers and trouser shirts in my time!"

Karen's words of wisdom for budding jewellery makers:

"I would advise anyone going into the jewellery business to develop their own personal style and build up their CV as much as possible. By that I mean entering competitions, applying to take part in exhibitions and apply for work experience with established artists."

Karen explained that most of the jewellery makers she knows work in part time jobs elsewhere to support themselves. She said not to expect to make money straight away! She told me how practise is incredibly important and can sometimes provide inspiration.

She's given me the motivation to get my jewellery making box out... 

Have a great week! H xxx

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