Meet Rhiannon Palmer, our resident concrete jewellery expert. Rhiannon is a London based jewellery designer who has chosen to use concrete as a creative medium. Rhiannon likes to play with the combination of non-precious, industrial materials with the more refined precious metals in her work.
We chatted the other day about her top crafting tips and inspiration - here are a few snippets:
What craft skill would you like to learn?
I would like to learn how to whittle wood!
What advice would you give to first time crafters?
Have fun, craft is about experimenting and enjoying learning a new skill. Don't worry too much about getting it perfect first time, like everything it takes practice but it is often those accidents and mistakes that make the most interesting work!
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time and often from very unlikely places so always keep an open mind. If you are ever really stuck though, Pinterest is always a good place to start.
What do you enjoy most about workshops?
Most crafts have developed over thousands of years through the teaching of skills from one generation to the next. It is this passing on of knowledge that has allowed craft practices to grow and continue to flourish today. Even though concrete may seem like modern material it has actually been around for thousands of years and still depends on many ancient craft techniques. I love being a part of that great tradition of being able to pass on my knowledge and skills to others and this is what I love most about workshops.
Who are your favourite makers currently?
Although I am a jeweller I have a passion for many crafts and art. A few people that I love at the moment are:
Silvia K, A ceramicist, - http://www.silviakceramics.co.uk/
Eleanor Bolton, textile jeweller - http://www.eleanorbolton.com/
And don’t forget you can learn how to create your own beautiful piece of concrete jewellery alongside Rhiannon at our next workshop!