Inspired, Designed & Hand crafted.....down by the sea…

 

                                   Bespoke Handcrafted Hebridean Jewellery.

I was born & raised in Suffolk. My grandparents ignited my interest in farming & the countryside. Their traditional way of life was appealing & comforting. I used to watch my grandpop attending to  his allotments for hours while my nan was forever  shelling peas in the summer sun. My mum & nan would take me & my 5 brothers on long walks which as kids seemed to last forever. We walked along the local river which would lead to a local dairy farm, My deep passion for agriculture was born.  I would wonder the lanes watching the farming seasons change. I found the farming cycle is fascinating, wildlife & nature is fascinating.  Later I met my husband, who is a farmer. We went on to have 4 children, they were equally enthusiastic about the farming life, We were an arable farm but had pet pigs, hens & ponies. We were blessed enough to start our own small herd of cattle off. I loved the cattle, with their  induvial personalities, their smell & the nostalgic memories they invoked. After spending 20 years raising my family on our farm in Suffolk, a change was on the horizon. Through life’s twists & turns,

  We accidently discovered the Outer Hebrides. My first glimpse of the Isles was mesmering,  a love story soon begun. I was instantly captivated by the wild & diverse landscapes that the islands offered; From its Rugged coastlines, never ending Moore’s & bountiful crofts bursting with sheep & cattle. The elements are ever changing & the evolving nature was incredibly inspiring. I take this inspiration allowing  it flow through  my designs. Waves & the wild coastline being a particular favourite of mine.  take this inspiration allowing  it flow through  my designs. Waves & the wild coastline being a particular favourite of mine. We moved to the Isle of Lewis & my love affair with jewellery begun.

As an adult with Autism, its difficult to find my place in the world. I was blessed to be introduced to Christina MacKenzie, a highly skilled & renowned Goldsmith. Under Chritstinas guidance I quickly progressed. I was drawn into the processes of high quality  jewellery making. Developing new skills, taking raw materials & turning them in to stunning pieces that became keepsakes soon became my passion. I found the whole production methods incredibly therapeutic. My love for designing & producing jewellery flowed naturally. I was delighted to have won the Natural Retreats Lews Castle jewellery competition. As time passed I was encouraged to start my own business, Wild Isle Jewellery was born. I love mirroring the natural world in to the pieces I make.

 Situated on a quiet village on the North East of the Isle of Lewis. With its stunning beaches, rolling Moores & busy crofts, inspiration is in abundance.

 My workshop is nestled beside my house: with its sea views, wood burner & my elderly dog dachshund snuggled tightly into his basket under my bench.

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