13 April, 2011

There's a bird in the attic.

Hands up who likes getting post? I know I blooming well do. So guess how happy I was when postie brought me a surprise little parcel from Attic Bird last week. That's enough to perk a gal up I can tell you. Attic Bird are a jewellery website who source the most darling vintage inspired jewellery. I'm talking teaspoons, cameos, cute charms and bird cages. That's pretty much all I could ever ask for from jewellery really.

A couple of weeks ago I quizzed founder Georgie Pickerall on her brand spanking new venture...

How would you describe your label?  
It's a vintage-style jewellery collection, I look for pieces that could have come from the olden days or are just plain quirky.  Treasures you'd find in Grandma's attic, little trinket necklaces.  The type that when you wear them, people go 'ooh, that's lovely'.

How long have you been up and running for?
The website launched about 2 months now, I had the idea last summer and it just spawned from there.   I love browsing shops for jewellery and now have an excuse to although I just can't keep it all!

What encouraged you to get into this industry and what was your route into it?
I just love nice jewellery, I have always been attracted to it (like a magpie!), jewellery can really make an outfit, you can select pieces according to your mood, just playing about with colours and styles. Even if you have to dress plainly, you can always finish off the outfit with a nice necklace.

Why did you choose the name Atticbird?
'Attic' is a reflection of the type of pieces I and looking for, antique / vintage style treasures. 'Bird' probably signifies something sparky, new and exciting - I suppose it's a harmony of two themes.  I also typed Attic Bird into Google and the entries that came up were to do with pest control which is quite a unique association.

What is your favourite piece?
I think my favourite piece at the moment is the Golden Butterfly but I have so many favourites.  One piece that should be in stock soon is a necklace with a little Singer sewing machine as a pendant, I can't wait for it to arrive.

At what point did you realize you wanted to become involved in jewellery design?

Unfortunately I am not a talented artist (I wish I was!)  and I don't make any of the jewellery.  Instead, I like to call myself a 'sourcer', keeping my eyes open for nice pieces. I would like my website to be a hub where people can go to find beautiful, quirky pieces either as a treat for themselves or a gift for others.

Where can readers buy your pieces?
www.atticbird.co.uk  I am also trying to get a stall at some vintage fairs in the Midlands, watch this space.
What's next for Atticbird?
I have lots in store for AtticBird, in particular, there is a new collection in the pipeline - I have found a lady who makes gorgeous 1920s style jewellery and I can't wait to get it in stock!

How would you describe your fashion style?
It's all about the jewellery, oh, and a warm scarf.

If you were an item of clothing what would you be?
I love flapper dresses at the moment, they are fun and elegant ... I bought one recently but haven't had the occasion to wear it yet.

What celeb would you most like to see in your designs?
I would definitely choose Maggie Gyllenhall.

And most importantly...Whats your favourite type of cake?
It's got to be carrot cake, mmm!

Take a look at this beautiful necklace. I am absolutely besotted with birds and bird cages so this is just amazing...

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