25 February, 2011

Ahoy there me hearties...

When sick I generally find solice in pretty awful rom coms that I secretly love however yesterday I was in need of so much more than a rom com. I needed Johnny Depp. Lots and lots of Johnny Depp.

As such, today I am channeling my inner pirate by wearing leather shorts and a pirate ship necklace and most probably consuming a fair amount of rum as soon as I clock off work.

I did have to go with a vintage floral blouse though, couldn't go down the whole pirate themed road as that would have been just a smidge over the top. This blouse was from a pop up vintage shop in a sleepy little town called Southwold in Suffolk and it cost me £4.

The necklace I'm wearing is by From Chaos comes Beauty. It's freaking amazing and I already have my eyes the cameo necklace too! I met up with owner Katherina Page for a coffee a couple of months back and found out all about her and her brand....

How would you describe your label?
I think the beat way to describe From Chaos Comes Beauty is daydreams put into material form ... sometimes using other materials that i pick up along the way...

How long have you been up and running for?
From Chaos Comes Beauty first came about three years ago, but i would say it's only really got up and running properly last November.

What encouraged you to get into this industry and what was your route into it?
I have always enjoyed being creative but had never found a craft that i felt I excelled at or could do full time without living off of beans and toast, I found some silversmithing evening classes and after one class i was totally hooked..

Why did you choose the name From Chaos comes Beauty?
I heard someone say 'From beauty comes chaos' somewhere years ago and it always stuck with me, as soon as i started making jewellery 'From chaos comes beauty' was the perfect name for my creative process.  It describes the mess and jumbled ideas for designs in my head - totally chaotic, I think it usually ends with a beautiful piece of jewellery though! I suppose then the term 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' is relevant!....

Where did the inspiration come for your collections?
The inspiration for my 'in your orbit ' collection features swallows, which you could call my trademark, .... I am totally fascinated by them...

Where do you draw inspiration from generally?
I am heavily influenced by old school tattoo imagery and botanical naturalistic designs, these influence my work hugely.

What is your favourite piece?
I love all my pieces, they all receive the same care and attention, there is no favoritism! Buuuttt i would have to say at the moment the hammered bangle with silhouettes of birds and butterflies takes the cake. I love that each one I make has a free form design - there will never be one the same as another because of the organic way in which they are designed.

At what point did you realize you wanted to become involved in jewellery design?
I was feeling really lost and disheartened in my job and needed a creative outlet so I looked around at evening classes. After one class working with silver I fell in love with it....spent all my savings on silver, sawblades and plasters and never looked back!

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
It really depends on the piece, a simple pendant can take three hours or a more complex one can take three days! (and a lot of swear words!)

Who are some of your favorite designers? Are there any in particular that you take inspiration from?
I adore Sheune Leanes Cherry Blossom collection, if anyone wants to buy me a ring; I'll have one of those please! Alex Monroe also makes some beautiful pieces, incredibly delicate and intricate. Also Little Miss Delicious makes the tastiest pieces of jewellery... i recommend checking her work out if you need to liven up an outfit.
Where can readers buy your pieces?
My Jewellery is available on Folksy, and Asos Marketplace, but I am also on Facebook or available through www.fromchaoscomesbeauty.co.uk for commissions. Selected pieces are also available in Davids Smiths Contemporary Jewellers in Haywards Heath or Posh Totty Designs Boutique in Brighton.
Whats next for From Chaos comes Beauty?
I am hoping 2011 will be a big year for From Chaos Comes Beauty, perhaps some gallery shows, and lots of craft markets around Brighton and south London. Also I have a new collection in the pipeline...

Whats your favourite thing to do in Brighton?
Scouring the laines for items to add to my wardrobe by day and checking out local bands by night...

How would you describe your fashion style?
I have no idea how to describe my style! Ill be a high-waisted jeans and tee girl with a pair of vintage heels one minute and back in a pair of skinnys with my DMs the next! I suppose Spanish Moss Vintage could describe me as I want everything in their store!!

And most importantly...Whats your favourite type of cake?
Chocolate fudge cake all the way! :)

You can also find From Chaos comes Beauty on Facebook here.

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