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I really enjoy the craft fairs and art markets I visit through the year. Spending so much solitary time in the studio is a luxury but it is so valuable to get out and talk to people, see them looking at and trying on pieces and get some feedback on the things I’m making. At this time of year I do as many events as possible and each one is always exciting and a little bit nerve-racking too.

The events list for Autumn/Winter is now full, I am out and about over the next few months and coming to an event near you. If you are looking to treat your nearest and dearest (or yourself) to something gorgeous this Christmas this is where you will find me and that perfect gift.

My work is also in three Christmas exhibitions in The New Brewery Arts Centre, Whisby Natural Worlds Centre and Rugby Museum and  Art Gallery (more about them later) or you can find it in all the usual stockists.

See you soon… xx.

This is a commission for a really lovely lady called Rachael. We first discussed it in March and it rattled around my head for a good long time before I made anything. She gave me a great brief and I knew straight away how I wanted it to look. But the trouble with using found materials is that sometimes you just can’t find the ones you want!!

I spent months collecting little bits and pieces  – a piece of a vintage brooch, some Edwardian black glass beads, and some folk art style charms – I even drew out the shapes I wanted the wolves to be as I couldn’t find anything that fitted my idea of the wolf in the story. But without the centre piece it just wouldn’t come together.  Eventually I found this lovely image of red riding hood on a Victorian Christmas card and she was exactly what I wanted and definitely worth waiting for. And we all lived happily ever after…

You can see more images here and find out more about commissioning your own piece here.

I’ve never been a big fan of yellow. Or orange or even many shades of brown. I’ve always been more drawn to the cooler end of the colour spectrum, teals and turquoises, mossy greens and dirty greys. They feel more like my colours –  faded, muted, quiet colours that make you nostalgic for things you can’t remember. But then I saw this saplings wallpaper in sunflower from Miss Print

and this bag from Anthropologie

and this lovely picture from the wonderful parcelpost blog.

so I bought a new yellow t-shirt and put it on and made this.  A vintage enamel primrose brooch and enameled Russian butterfly pin with two vintage yellow glass beads on reclaimed chain.

Maybe it’s the unseasonably hot weather or perhaps I am warming to yellow after all.

Hello and welcome to the design blog for Alys Power Design. I am a jewellery designer/maker specialising in original and unique pieces hand crafted from vintage and precious materials. My work explores the challenges of forgotten and discarded articles into objects of beauty and value. I work from my home studio in Nottingham, England and sell work through local and national shops and galleries and at regional craft fairs and arts market. More info and online shop can be found on my website www.alyspower.co.uk. xx

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