Individually hand sewn jewellery, heavily textured & decorated with a military & victorian gothic influence. I like to use antique & vintage components wherever possible, old linens & grosgrain layered with lace, vintage faux pearls & gems, seed beads, original military regalia, glass eyes & skulls.
LOVERS EYE Vintage faux pearls and silver
beads surround an acrylic 'glass' eye. Layered on old line and lace hung on a silver chain with a silver heart drop.
HANDS CROSSED Black and gold cross with
little ceramic skull and hands.
Black bugle and seed beads.
Hung on a black chain.
CROWN & RUBY
An original vintage
gold wire badge with
large faux ruby, old
braid, bugle & seed
beads set on grosgrain.
Ties with black tape
to any length.
FRENCH JET Victorian style mourning
necklace set on antique
grosgrain & lace.
Antique French jet central
panel surrounded by black
& gold beads & two antique
French jet panels. Ties with
black tape to any length.
GOLD BRAID Vintage braid surrounds
a large faux ruby, faux
pearls, engraved brass bar,
gold & cream seed
beads, on a brass chain.
SILVER SKULL CROSS
Resin skull set on black lace
with silver metal crown and bars.
Faux ruby gems, black & gold
10.5 cm long
Faux jet gems, set on black lace,
tiny ceramic skull, ruby beads,
black & gold seed beads.
7cm long exc. bail
RUBY CROSS Faux ruby and brass, lots of
faux pearls set on linen.
Brass drops, hanging from
a brass chain. sold
SKULL & PEARL NECKLACE
Resin skull surrounded by vintage faux pearls, seed & bugle beads, vintage diamante gems and bar with pearls drops. Topped by a military brass & velvet crown. Oxidised silver plated chain.
Real mink head with glass eyes,
leather, antique gold studs,
black Swarovski jewels,
antique gold bauble. sold
CROWN & SKULL BROOCH
Vintage gold wire badge with
resin skull and brass military
crown, seed & bugle beads,
layered onto antique grosgrain. sold
Vintage pewter dress clasp with tiny jewels, between oxidized
brass acanthus leaves, banner,
& gold beads, on antique linen.
Delighted to have a New York stockist.
Newly opened -
Flat 128, 15 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 www.flat128.com
QUEEN Necklace with original antique Queen Victoria's Royal brass crest, once an old military helmet plate. Surrounded by vintage faux pearls and ruby glass beads, layered onto antique linen. Two military brass, velvet backed crowns, hangs from an oxidised brass chain. SOLD
Resin bird skull with vintage
brass crown, vintage faux pearls,
seed beads, and a few diamantes,
layered onto antique lace.
A few wispy feathers to comb
through the hair or trim as required.
Comb 3" across
Collection recently on sale at National Gallery of Australia
in conjunction with the Turner from the Tate Exhibition.
1st June - 8th September 2013
CROWN & ANCHOR Vintage British naval gold wire and velvet badge set with braid, old faux pearls and
seed beads. Inspired by Turner's life long
fascination with the sea. Sold
Inspired by Victorian portrait brooches,
this one has an original antique celluloid
portrait, surrounded by a beaded frame,
below a blackened metal badge with
wings and crest. Below hangs a black
7 x 8 cm
Collection recently shown at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.
Cwmbran, Wales. 16 Mar 13 - 4 May 13
HELL'S ANGEL White metal skull & crossbones with taxidermy bird wingson either side,
surrounded by faux pearls, faux rubies,
above a small resin cross.
Set on antique linen, oxidised silver
Comes with calico keeping pouch. Sold
GLORY Original skull & crossbones military badge sits below a brass crown, surrounded by faux pearls, gold beads and tiny red seed beads, all layered onto antique linen
and lace. It fastens with an oxidised brass
chain which can be worn at different lengths.
Comes with a calico keeping pouch. SOLD
Black grosgrain necklace, layered with original
gold wire crown & laurel leaf badge, black,
red and gold seed beads, black faux gems and vintage gold bugle beads. Two resin skulls sit at the top
below engraved black metal links, tied with soft black tape.Edged with black lace.
Comes with its own calico pouch. SOLD
Large Brooch with antique
copper plaque of fuschia
flowers and leaves, set on
black linen & surrounded
by black, red & gold seed beads.
There is a dark red
faceted glass drop below.
7.5 x 10.5 cm SOLD
Original antique portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
surrounded by vintage faux pearls, gems,
palest pink bugle beads & crystals & lots of
seed beads. Two blackened crowns sit at
the top, all layered onto antique linen & lace.
Soft & comfortable to wear it's tied with
cream tape so that it can be worn at any
length. Comes with its own calico pouch.
Original black grosgrain with vintage faux pearls, black seed beads, bullion thread and faux ruby, topped with a vintage brass crown. Side panels are vintage military gold braid edged with black seed beads. Finished with black chain and tied with soft tape. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with an individual lace motif. All necklaces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton or silk. SOLD
A selection can now be seen at the Bolivar Street Gallery, Sanger, Texas, USA
SKULL #2 Antique cream linen with layered Victorian lace panel, pearls, cream and red seed beads. A large resin skull is centrally placed below an original brass crest. Two military crowns sit at the top of the neckpiece which is tied with a tea-dyed tape. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with an individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with silk or softest cotton. Being cloth based, necklaces are soft and comfortable to wear. They can be worn as a statement piece or to enhance and decorate other clothing, becoming an intergral part of what you are wearing. SOLD
ROSE Vintage brass military badge, vintage gold wire braid, with brass crosses on antique black lace and grosgrain. Two brass skulls sit above jet beads, with black and old gold seed beads. Comes with its own calico pouch. SOLD
EYE BROOCH Acrylic glass eye set with vintage diamante bars, blue glass stones, black, gunmetal and pewter beads & sequins. h 8cm SOLD
Original military gold wire & velvet crown badge with large resin skull, black seed & bugle beads on antique black grosgrain. h 8cm .
This one has sold but similar made to order.
EYE ON YOU BROOCH
Acrylic glass eye set in leather and braid, encrusted with vintage faux pearls, gold seed beads, on antique linen. This one is sold, similar can be made to order.
Antique cream linen with layered lace panel, faux vintage pearls, cream, gold and red seed beads and braid. A resin skull is centrally placed below an original military crown, with two smaller padded crowns at the top of the necklace which is tied with soft tea-dyed tape. Sold with its own calico pouch. Stitched entirely by hand and backed with softest cotton. SOLD
GALLEON Original military badges and braid, layered with vintage beads and faux pearls onto antique grosgrain. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
Recently exhibited a selection of work at the V&A Bethnal Green in their show, 'Bling: Jewellery Stories from the East End'.
The exhibition ran from June until 14th November 2010, was curated by Gum Newnham and opened by Shaun Leane, Jeweller of the Year 2009.
HANDSAntique cream linen with layered Victorian lace panel, old pearls, steel seed beads & a tiny brass cross. An original military badge is centrally placed between two ceramic hands. Two small ceramic skulls with military crowns above, sit at the top of the neckpiece which is tied with tea-dyed tape. It comes with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
MOUSTACHE Antique tea-dyed linen with original Victorian portrait of a marvellous moustachioed man, framed in black braid and seed beads, with old pearls and faux gems. Above the portrait is a military crown with purple inset. Two resin skulls sit at the top and the neckpeice is tied with black tape. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
MEDAL Antique cream linen with Victorian lace layer and edging. Original military crest badge above faux ruby, two military medal ribbons sit either side below two large resin skulls with military crowns above. Old pearls, seed beads and small faux gems and ties with soft tape. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
SKULL Antique cream linen with layered Victorian lace panel, pearls, cream black and red seed beads. A large resin skull is centrally placed below an original metal cross. Two smaller porcelain skulls sit at the top of the neckpiece which is tied with a tea-dyed tape. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with an individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
LION Antique tea-dyed linen with Victorian lace panels, antique faux-pearls, original military crowns, skulls and brass insignia lion. Neckpiece ties with silk tape and is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with an individual lace motif. SOLD
BURLESQUE Old black grosgrain with Victorian lace and antique jet, faux-rubies and gems and original photo portrait of an Edwardian Burlesque performer mounted within vintage black leaf beads. 'Burlesque' has a blood-red glass tear drop and ties with black velvet ribbon. It is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with soft cotton. SOLD
BIRD Antique tea-dyed linen, Victorian lace, vintage sequins, pearls with faux-ruby, porcelain skulls and original military crown. Neckpiece ties with cotton tape and is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with silk. SOLD
Vintage black grosgrain with bugle beads, faux-ruby and original military insignia. Neckpiece ties with vintage black velvet ribbon and is sold with its own calico pouch trimmed with individual lace motif. All neckpieces are entirely hand stitched and backed with silk. SOLD
I have worked with textiles for many years, first making theatrical costumes, then buying and selling antique clothing, and in 1990 I began making collectors teddy bears under the name of Mister Bear. I have always had a huge interest in fashion, clothes and accessories, particularly vintage and period styles. As an avid collector of old and interesting things, it is great to be able to incorporate many of my finds into my work, and I can now bring all my ideas, skill and experience together within this new range of military and gothic-influenced pieces of jewellery.
I have worked with textiles for many years, from making theatrical costumes to designing collectors teddy bears. Most recently my love of vintage fabric and antique paraphernalia has led to two new areas of work, my bespoke jewellery collection and my boxes of curiosity.Boxes of Curiosity was born out of a need to explore the notion of confinement and restriction through the assemblage of old and interesting found objects. Delving into our curious fascination with death, religion and the macabre, via gothic Victoriana, the art of taxidermy and a bit of theatre for good measure, it seems one object leads to another and a story emerges, sometimes of its own accord. My passion for collecting old and interesting things has been inspirational in my work and the detail is all important to me.