It’s almost 30 years since I made my first piece of jewellery, a beaded necklace for myself using dyed howlite faux turquoise and plated silver beads. It was the early 1990s, I was still at school and simply couldn’t afford the boho, hippyish style of jewellery I liked. I can still remember it vividly, as well as the turquoise and aged silver necklace that inspired my design, which I had coveted for about 6 months in the local ‘alternative’ shop.
With that I was hooked; I made and sold jewellery as part of my GCSE Business Studies course, and continued to make and sell during college and then university, where I developed an interest in another creative medium, web design. Motherhood and running my web design and hosting business took priority over my jewellery making for a few years, but I never lost my passion for it.
It wasn’t until 2013 that I started to seriously consider leaving the corporate world behind, and I finally followed my heart and made the change I longed for. I sold my company (I still freelance part-time as The Pixel Fairy) and with lots of encouragement and support from my husband and daughter turned my lifelong hobby into a full-time job. And so here we are in 2020! It’s been a rather unusual year for everyone, and who knows what 2021 will bring, but I’m looking forward to many more years of jewellery designing at Little Magpye.
I have no idea what happened to that first necklace I made, but I do have some of my 1990s makes, including this pair of glass and plated metal earrings made in around 1992. I think they’ve held up quite well, all things considered!